Yoshon Updates – as of November 23, 2021

Yoshon season 2021-2022 has preliminarily begun. Due to severe weather conditions and poor crop quality this year, it may take longer than usual to obtain accurate final dates upon which The Guide to Yoshon and the STAR-K Yoshon Quick Reference Guide rely.

AS OF NOW, THE DATES GIVEN ARE AS FOLLOWS:

WHEATAugust 1 (5 days earlier than last year)

BARLEYAugust 3 (17 days earlier than last year)

OATSJuly 23 (1 day earlier than last year)

PASTAAugust 13

To download a PDF of the 5782 Yoshon Quick Reference Guide, click HERE

For a Yoshon/Pas Yisroel List of Local Establishments, click HERE

The Torah (Vayikra 23:14) states that the new (i.e., Chodosh) crop of the five grains may not be eaten until after the second day of Passover (i.e., in Israel; in the Diaspora, not until after the third day). This means that the grain harvested this summer […]

Yoshon and Chodosh Something Old and Something New

The story is told about how in the mid 1970’s the proprietor of a kosher bakery in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood was asked if his products were Yoshon. Not realizing that this Hebrew word, which literally means ‘old’, actually refers to grain which had been planted before Passover, proudly, albeit naively, answered, ” I can assure you that everything in my bakery is 100 percent fresh.” Today, as we approach the millennium yoshon and chodosh have graduated and become household words which have rightfully taken their place among the more popular terms such as Glatt Kosher, Cholov Yisroel, and Pas Yisroel.