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When/how was the controversy regarding stainless-steel blades for shechitah resolved?

My understanding is that the use of stainless-steel blades for shechita (kosher slaughter) knives was introduced by the early Hassidic movement and initially opposed by the non-Hassidic leaders. ...
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Does the blessing over bread cover beverages?

Are drinks considered food that generally comes as part of the meal and therefore drinkable without an additional blessing during a meal on which the only blessing recited was the blessing on bread? ...
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Is there a higher standard of kashrut for chicken analogous to “chalak beit yosef” for beef?

If I understand correctly, if someone wants to keep an extra-super-high standard of kashrut for themselves, s/he can look for "chalak beit yosef" beef, which means ("super-glatt") the lungs had ...
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Place Mats - Why and When?

When are placemats needed when eating, and why are they needed?
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lollipop Brocho

What and which Brochos do you make on lollipops and Gum?
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What type of Maror?

For Maror there are those that use lettuce, those that use endives, those that use fresh grated horseradish, or maybe something else. Is there a difference in what you use for Maror and what you use ...
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Karpas - What do you use?

I have heard of potatoes, celery, scallion. What else do people use for Karpas? Is there one item that is more L'Chatchila than the others?
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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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Kosher symbols on non-food items

I just bought a box of 100 sandwich bags and on the box there is an (U) symbol. This is neither unique nor uncommon. Why do marks of hechsher appear on non-food products? Is there anyone in the world ...
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Where did the “different bracha for mishloach manos” idea come from?

Rambam and Shulchan Aruch say you can send two types of meat as mishloach manos on Purim. Yet somehow I (and many other people, apparently) were taught that the two different items have to be in two ...
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How big was a traditional hamentash?

When shopping these days, it appears that a "normal hamentash" is about 2 inches or more per side, and "mini hamentashen" are about 1" per side. Is it just me, or did it used to be that the 1" ones ...
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Cholent falafel Bracha

What Bracha is Chulent, and since we are on the category of Brachos what Bracha are falafel Balls?
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How do you obtain Dole/Fresh Express bagged romaine lettuce with a Star-K on it?

I know some stores tend to stock it, some don't. One year before Pesach I tried contacting a produce wholesaler (we were having lots of company) regarding buying a case of it -- they said they ...
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No Bracha Before Yes after [closed]

When are you forbidden from making a Brocha Rishona on a food item,and obligated to make a Bracha Achrona after eating it?
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Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?

Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
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Covering the Cake During Kiddush

Many times there is cake, cookies or various other foods out on the table during Kiddush. Is it necessary to cover them (as I sometimes see people do)? Would it make a difference if the cake is going ...
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what to throw at a bridegroom

Any suggestions as to what should be thrown at someone when he gets an aliya on the Shabas before his wedding? Suggestions should take into account any considerations deemed appropriate (and adding to ...
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HamanTashen - 3 cornered cookies

Why are 3 cornered cookies called HamanTashen?
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Food Shells on the table

If I have Peanut shells on the table on Shabbos and they are Muktzeh what can I do when there is no Tablecloth in order to dispose of it?
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Secret Cholent ingredient

Does anyone know of any secret cholent ingredients to give it a knock out taste?
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what is the brocha on a young nut in its shell?

Young nuts are eaten together with their shells because they are soft and edible. What is the brocha on such a food?
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Milk container on shabbos

Can you open a milk container on shabbos? also what about those Orange Juie containers that have the straw can you stick them in on shabbos?
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Can you remove a sticker from fruit on shabbos?

Is there a problem removing a sticker that was on your apple, orange, etc. on Shabbos?
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What is better - checking yourself - or buying pre checked?

Nowadays you can purchase pre checked fresh lettuce, and frozen checked veggies. What is more preferable - to check yourself or to purchase pre checked?
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What Bracha do you make on craisins?

What Bracha do you make on craisins (dried cranberries)? Is it a HaAdama as fresh cranberries or is it Shehakol as it is dried with a significant amount of sugar? Sources please.
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Kugel Questions

We eat Kugel on Shabbos based on the Fact that we got the Maan (RAMAH -Orach Chaim 242:1) The question is why eat the thing in Memory of the Maan on the one day when we did not get any Maan? Also why ...
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Is Vegemite kosher?

Is Vegemite kosher? What hechsher?
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Are there any national brands of tuna that are Bishul Yisroel?

Are there any national brands of tuna in the USA that are Bishul Yisroel?
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What is the bracha for mushrooms?

What bracha do you make on mushrooms?
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Bracha for Quinoa

What Bracha do you make on Quinoa?
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Avoiding accidentally eating cheese

Whether one waits 6 hours, 3 hours, 1 hour, or somewhere in between, it is a common occurrence to find people mistakenly eating milk/cheese/yogurt too soon after meat. It seems like a problem that ...
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Croutons Bracha

What Bracha are the Croutons that are really just dried pieces of bread separately and when there in my instant soup and is there a difference?
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Number of Fruit on Tu B'Shvat

Is there a specific number of fruit that you are supposed to eat on Tu B'Shvat?
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What Bracha do you make on Sushi?

Really, as simple as that. What Bracha do you make on Sushi? Is the rice the main part and therefore a Mezonos, or is it just a toful in which case I guess a shehakol?
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Can a Christian “Grace” invalidate food?

Suppose there's a communal meal in a secular workplace, at which some of the food is reliably kosher. Now suppose that right before anyone takes any food, one of the participants, to general assent, ...
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Loshon Harah in Restaurant Reviews

There is a website and iPhone app that contain a listing of kosher restaurants. In addition, one feature is the listing of 'star-ratings' and reviews by users. Are there any halachic ramifications ...
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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 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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At what point was it recommended to have a separate kosher certifier (mashgiach) for local Jewish businesses?

If I understand correctly, you can generally walk into an observant Jew's house (upon invitation) and if he says the food is kosher, you assume the food is kosher. Now if the same fellow has a kosher ...
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Muktzeh Meat- WHAT TO DO?

What can I do if.... Meat fell out of the Freezer and I want to put it back on Shabbos? I have Ice cream or any other food like frozen Challah that I Need for Shalosh Sudos in Back of the freezer ...
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fish before meat - why?

To the best of my knowledge eating fish after meat has the same Halacha as eating meat after fish. You are supposed to eat a cracker and take a drink to seperate between them. Why is it most common ...
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Where does the custom to spill of from a drink come from?

I had a lubavitcher classmate in high school who used to spill off from his cup whenever he would drink anything. He claimed it was a minhag. What is the reason/source for this practice?
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Can one eat on Sunday

Can one eat on Sunday if he hasn't heard Havdalah yet? If not, what happens if he already ate: should he say Havdalah?
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Source of the Yiddish word Cholent

Does anyone know what is the source of the Yiddish word Cholent?
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Are you allowed to make ice cream on shabbos?

Let's assume the steps are: Mix milk, cream, sugar, flavoring (all cold). Put in a container. Mix ice and salt in a bigger container, then put previous container into this one. Shake everything for ...
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Eating Meat: What Changed?

Adam wasn't allowed to eat meat. After the mabul (Flood) we were suddenly permitted to eat (Bereshit 9:3). What changed (ie what was the reason we weren't allowed to before, why are we allowed to now ...
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Chickpeas (Arbes) at a Shalom Zachor

Why do we serve Arbes - chickpeas at a Shalom Zachor?
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Why refer to alcoholic beverages as Yash?

In many Chasidishe and Heimishe Shuls - Vodka, Whiskey and the likes are known as "Yash" which is an acronym for Yayin Saraf - יי״ש. However would it not be more appropiate to call it Yas? Then why do ...
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Does a coffee grinder require Tevillah (immersion) in a Mikvah?

I recently bought a coffee grinder with non-removable burrs (rather than a blade). The only parts of the machine that is actually of a substance that requires Tevillah are the burrs themselves. I ...
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Is there a kashrus issue with paper towels?

Is there any concern about using paper towels with hot food? I know there are some who advise against using the first few and last few sheets during Pesach, due to the presence of starch-based glue ...