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Orach Chaim 603 says that a person should avoid eating Pas (bread/baked goods) made by Kuthim (or non-Jews, Mishnah Berurah, ad loc.) during the Aseres Yemei Teshuva. Does this include cereals made from the 5 grains? (Cheerios, Shredded wheat, Honey Bunches of Oats, Fiber one, etc.) A sourced answer with an explanation would be appreciated.

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Rav Herschel Shechter of YU every year reiterates that cereals are not bread but a cooked food. If Cheerios aren't bishul akum the rest of the year, they aren't bishul akum in the days of repentance.

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Is that the case with all cereals? Or perhaps there are those that are baked and would be considered Pas Kuthim? –  Gershon Gold Sep 19 '12 at 16:23
@GershonGold, I think he was saying it for all cereals he is aware of, or all OU cereals (he gives psak for the OU). Can you think of a cereal that you would consider bread-like enough that a large quantity requires washing? –  Ze'ev Felsen Sep 19 '12 at 23:34
@Ze'evFelsen Cheerios do look a lot like little bagels... –  Double AA Sep 20 '12 at 14:00
@DoubleAA, while I certainly can't entirely speak for Rav Herschel Shechter, it seems to me that he looks to making a sandwich as a fundamental part of being pat haba b'kisnin. Would you put some cream cheese between two cheerios, for a bagel sandwich? –  Ze'ev Felsen Sep 11 '13 at 19:02

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