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What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?

In a kosher restaurant today, must the mashgiach (kosher inspector) spend 100% of his time watching everything, or can he do some other work in the restaurant? How much work? I know this may vary ...
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Do bananas make the best karpas?

For karpas at the seder, one is supposed to eat a food on which the blessing "borei pri ha'adama" is made. However, many of the most commonly used food items for karpas (e.g. parsley, raw onion, raw ...
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Matzah meal before פסח

On the subject of not eating Matzah before פסח, may one eat products containing Matzah meal in that time?
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falling asleep on the left side to aid digestion

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 71:5 reads, in part (translation my own): And it's good that he'll lie at the start of his sleep on the left side and at the end on the right side, as this is good for the ...
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Do popcorn kernels have to be checked for bugs?

There are many vegetables, legumes etc which according to poskim need to be checked for bugs due to insect infestation. Can anyone tell me if this is also true for popcorn kernels?
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How to say mizonos first on an ice cream cone

Normally when faced with eating two foods where one takes a "mizonos" blessing for grain products, and another takes an all-encompassing "shehakol" blessing, we try to eat the mizonos food first. How ...
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Which sephardic groups forbid eating rice during Pesach and why?

I was recently at a shiur where this came up briefly and somewhat tangentially. Does anyone know which groups forbid rice but allow other kitniyot (e.g., beans) during Pesach? Any references/pointers ...
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Breakfast cereal brachot

Is there a reliable on-line source for finding the brerachot for commercially prepared breakfast cereals?
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How is it possible for a pot of meat to become pareve? [closed]

I was recently posed the following puzzle: You have a pot of meat. You put in milk. It becomes pareve. How can this be? Any ideas on how this is possible?
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What bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Veggie straws are pretty popular food items, now. They're non-GMO, no trans-fat, and a whole bunch of other good stuffs. They're also certified kosher by the OU. What bracha should one snacking on ...
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Artificial non Kosher food

According to Vayikra we have: ז וְאֶת-הַחֲזִיר כִּי-מַפְרִיס פַּרְסָה הוּא, וְשֹׁסַע שֶׁסַע פַּרְסָה, וְהוּא, גֵּרָה לֹא-יִגָּר; טָמֵא הוּא, לָכֶם.‏ 7 And the swine, because he parteth ...
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Why is oatmeal considered chometz?

Let's say a pot of raw dry oats becomes fully cooked in 5 minutes. Just oats and water. How is it considered chometz?
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HamanTashen - 3 cornered cookies

Why are 3 cornered cookies called HamanTashen?
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What kind of matza should I buy? [closed]

So many different kinds of matza, what should I buy?
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Does loose leaf tea need a hechsher?

Sometimes I find bags of dried tea leaves of various sorts in my local Turkish store. Do such teas need a hechsher (certification as kosher)? Is there any indicator I can use to tell if it's kosher or ...
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What blessing is recited on grape juice from concentrate?

What blessing is recited on grape juice from concentrate? Does the addition of the water to the concentrate (usually 3 to 1) change the status of the grape juice to "too diluted" to require Borei Pri ...
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What bracha is made on Seaweed?

If seaweed would be eaten by itself, what bracha is made on it? It's defined as, "Large algae growing in the sea or on rocks below the high-water mark." See Wikipedia here for more. It's not ...
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Donut and its deeper significance

What is the significance for eating Donuts on Chanukah Beyond the Oil connection?
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What would be an example of permitted vs prohibited cross-grafting with fruit trees?

I haven't studied Tractate Kilayim. I know you can't plant grapes with wheat. What about, say: Jazz apple = Royal Gala apple X Braeburn apple ? Nectarine = Peach X Plum ? Nectaplum = Nectarine X ...
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What's the best thing to use for Marror?

What's the best thing to use for Marror (bitter herbs) for Seder, taking into account Halacha, ease, availability, etc?
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Are these cookies kosher?

These cookies have no certification on the box itself, it is made in a spanish speaking country. yet they have a sticker with a kosher certification put on them. is this reliable? This is not a ...
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If dipping was common, why does Mah Nishtana suggest otherwise?

The Gemara (Shabbat 111a) mentions "טיבול", literally "dipping", which Rashi explains is the meal, which featured lots of dipping. In the Pesach classic, it says "on all other nights we do not dip ...
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Beracha rishona after beracha acharona?

Someone ate a kizayit of food items that require a shehakol. He decided that he is done eating and said boreh nefashot. What should he do if he decides to go for another piece? Should he say another ...
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Blessing on a food or a drink first?

If someone has in front of them a food and drink that the bracha (blessing) of both is shehakol which one should he make a blessing on first? Assuming that he doesn't prefer one over the other. Is ...
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What ingredients are dairy?

So I have this product in my hand. I'm assuming that I can't always rely on the Kosher certification to indicate dairy status. I look over at the ingredients panel... What are the ingredients I ...
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Supermarket chains that you can / cannot buy Chometz in right after Pesach

Which supermarket chains are there no issues regarding Chometz Sheovar Alav HaPesach? And which are problematic?
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What is the bracha for mushrooms?

What bracha do you make on mushrooms?
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Bracha on Potato Skin

Suppose I enjoy eating plain potato skins. What bracha would I make? As always, please cite your sources.
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Can you eat beeswax?

To my knowledge there is a lengthy discussion as to why bee honey is kosher to eat. I am unaware of any discussion of bee wax. I am told by my local grocer that many large distributors of produce coat ...
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Will a “lower” Berachah made MiSafek exempt a different food that requires that Berachah (and vice versa)?

Let's say you aren't sure which Berachah to make on a food before you eat it. Generally the rule of thumb is that you make the most specific Berachah that you know will capture the essence of that ...
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Shabbos Shira - putting out bread for the birds

Is there a problem with putting out bread for birds on Shabbos (in a case where there is no carrying issues)?
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Eating meat on Hannuka?

Is there a source to require eating meat at the Hanuka meal?
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What Bracha do you make on (Kasha) buckwheat?

What Bracha Rishona and Bracha Achrona do you make on (Kasha) buckwheat?
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Sephardi Matza - Is it available commercially?

Is there anywhere to purchase Sephardi Matzos commercially in the USA?
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If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat?

If you make a shehakol on water at a restaurant before the meat is served do you say another shehakol on the meat? If you had the meat in mind? If you didn't have the meat in mind? Does the fact that ...
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Why is the blessing prior to drinking coffee or tea “Shehakol” instead of “Ha'etz”?

Magen Avraham on Orach Chaim 202:22 (excerpt): Magen Avraham 202:22: (ב"י רשב"א) ומיהו בפירות יבשים כגון תפוחים ואגסים וגדגדניו' ופלומי"ן ד"ה דמברך אמימיהן בפה"ע דהא אין דרכן אלא למשלקינהו לא ...
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Bottle of water for shaloch manos

Can water be counted as a drink for shalach manos ("sending portions" on Purim) or since it is mere water does it never count as a mana ("portion")? My question would apply to soda as well because ...
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What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?

Many restaurants in Israel, when asked about their kashrut status, reply that they are open on Shabbat. Thus, no hechsher. This also exists in establishments that would have a relatively easy time ...
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Different flour:oil ratios in the mincha sacrifices — how did the dough stay together?

If I understand correctly, different animal sacrifices had different amounts of flour & oil to be brought with them: Measured in (eiphas of flour / hins of oil): bull: 0.6 ram: 0.6 sheep: 0.4 ...
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In Nishmas, what is “and sustained us in plenty” doing amongst times of trouble?

In Nishmas said on Shabbos and Yom Tov mornings we say, “you redeemed us from Egypt and delivered us from the house of bondage; you fed us in famine” (all describing times of trouble) “and sustained ...
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Eating at a shiva house

What is the basis for some people's practice not to eat the food at a shiva house; is there a halachik basis for this, is it a minhag or perhaps just superstition?
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Proper use of a blech/plata

What is the proper use of a blech/plata on Shabbat?
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How long are brachot applicable to a given food?

If I start, say, drinking a bottled drink or eating chips from a bag, then later (in the day, in the week) continue to eat from it, do I need to make a new brocha? If so, how long can the pause be ...
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Eating food during the 9 days that's been cooked with meat

Is one allowed, during the nine days, to eat pareve food that was cooked with meat equipment? What about if the food was fried in oil that was used to fry chicken?Example: I fried French Fries in oil ...
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Why are bagels a traditional Jewish food?

Inspired by this question One of the stereotypical traditional Jewish foods is a bagel (with or without lox and "shmear"). Why/how did this food come to be associated with Jews?
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Bakery workers washing Negel Vasser

In my local bakery there are Jewish non religious workers. Is there a concern that perhaps when they are handling the baked goods they have not washed negel Vasser (morning n'tilas yadayim)?
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Do I have to know what brucha I'm making before I begin saying the brucha?

If I'm eating an apple, can I say "Baruch atah Hashem elokenu melech haolam" before I decide that the brucha I'm making is a Haeitz, and not Mezonot, Shahakol, or Haadamah?
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Do Israeli silver gifts (e.g. kiddush cups) need to be dunked in the mikva?

People get these nice Israeli silver gifts like kiddush cups or fountains -- do they need to be dunked in the mikva?
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Why eat Saffron on Shavuos?

The Aruch HaShulchan in OC 494:5 seen here mentions a minhag to put saffron in the food on Shavuos due to the fact that has a pleasant smell which alludes to the passuk in Shir HaShirim לריח שמניך ...
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What makes something a davar charif and is there a canonical list?

This question asks if Beer is a davar charif based on the hops being bitter. I was very surprised at the premise because charif means sharp, not bitter. I also vaguely recall seeing a list of 5 items ...