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Eating Rice without a Sukkah

There's a general rule that non-Mezonos (or Hamotzi) items can be eaten outside a Sukkah (not should, but can). Does the same apply to rice, which is only "somewhat" Mezonos (Borei Nefashos is said ...
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Does a lady have a Chiuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur?

Does a lady have a Chiuv to eat on Erev Yom Kippur? The Shaagas Aryeh questions from one side it is a Mitzvas Asei Shehazman Grama and they should be Pottur. However they have a Chiuv to fast on Yom ...
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In what countries is chalav yisrael not required for milk?

The Talmud says milk is not kosher unless a Jew supervises the milking, to be sure it's just kosher-animal milk. Assuming one goes by the ruling of R' Moshe Feinstein and others that "knowing" is ...
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Is there anywhere in the world I can still get a hot chocolate without a hechsher?

~150 years ago in Eastern Europe, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch wrote that you could usually go buy a coffee, tea, or hot chocolate without having to worry about its kosher ingredients (or bishul akum). ...
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What type of nuts may not be eaten during Elul?

Many have a custom not to eat nuts during elul, because אגוז is gematria חטא (sin). So what exactly is considered nuts? Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios, Macadamian, Hazelnuts, Pecans? How about Peanuts ...
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What are the parameters for washing after excusing one's self in the middle of the meal?

If I recall correctly from Chayei Adam and elsewhere, if you're in the middle of a bread-based meal and excuse yourself to defecate, first of all you should wash with soap and water for hygienic ...
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Do you add in the “for all the Jews in this town” clause to Eruv Tavshilin?

In the Eruv Tavshilin we say when there's holiday followed by Sabbath, the proclamation is: This eruv ("merging") shall allow us to cook, bake, insulate, and kindle on the holiday in preparation ...
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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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Signifigance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah?

What is the Significance of the foods eaten on Rosh Hashanah,now i know the gemara brings them down but why did the Gemara choose these particular ones also the apple in honey whats the significance ...
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Shabbos and Yom Tov menus

Is it permissible to prepare a menu for use on Shabbos and Yom Tov, without violating the prohibition on שטרי הדיוטות? This is particularly relevant during the "three-day Yom Tov"s that we will soon ...
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Bleeding gums on Shabbos

If someone has gum disease and his gums frequently (or always) bleed when he eats, is he restricted to a liquid diet on Shabbos and Yom Tov?
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Why aren't any of the main American brands of chewing gum kosher?

These days, you walk into any American supermarket, you can find kosher chocolate bars, kosher jelly beans, kosher all sorts of stuff. I understand why the gummy worms aren't kosher, they contain ...
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Brochos on Desserts

Time to get it straight once and for all. When do you / do you not make a Brocho on dessert in a meal (where you washed)?
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If you're really thirsty (e.g. breaking a fast), do you make a bracha first on the water or solids?

I know generally speaking, when prioritizing brachos, if you have food and drink, the food goes first; also, shehakols tend to rank low. But what if you're really, really thirsty (e.g. breaking a ...
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How can I avoid Bishul Akum with a rice-cooker?

ASSUMING: I have a rice cooker here that's absolutely, certainly, never used for anything other than plain rice. The rice contains no flavorings, bugs, or anything else non-kosher. Rice is raw ...
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Sleeping on Food without a Bed

For example, if one is on an airplane, and puts food under his/her neighbors seat, and then the neighbor falls asleep, is the food permissible? Does the prohibition only apply where it's a bed, or ...
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Must a flambé be ignited by a Jew to remain kosher?

Because of the halacha of Bishul Akum (or Bishul Yisrael, call it what you will), even if a food's ingredients are all kosher, it needs to have a Jew involved in the cooking process for it to be ...
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leaving something out of a meal zecher lachurban

As described in משנה ברורה ס׳ תקס ס״ק ה–ו–ז, we omit something from any big meal (not on Shabas or yom tov), noticeably, as a זכר לחרבן. Has anyone seen this done, and, if so, what was omitted? I'm ...
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What are Israel's oldest known cultivated plants?

I was thinking about this question, this news, and the general fact that plants can live for a very, very long time. What are the oldest known cultivated plants in Israel? Are there, say, olive or ...
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Can you drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar?

Can you buy and drink a beer (such as Miller or Budweiser) at a bar owned by non-Jews?
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Is the lemon slice added to a soda in many bars a problem kosher-wise?

Many bars (and hotel lobbies) will add a lemon wedge to the top of a glass of soda; often it's used to differentiate between Diet Coke (gets the lemon) and regular Coke (no lemon). Does this pose a ...
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What are the opinions regarding eating small-bits-at-a-time (“leshiurin”) on Tisha B'Av when necessary?

I know on Yom Kippur, if someone is medically required to eat, s/he should do so with only a bit of food every few minutes, to avoid the full severity of eating "a full serving in one sitting." On ...
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Food in bathroom

Is one allowed to take food into the bathroom? I heard that the prohibiton is only on the type of bathroom used years ago.
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Food on crock-pot done by when, when making shabbos early?

Normally, let's say I make shabbos at the usual time, shortly before sunset. If I want to leave food in the crockpot, I want to make sure it's cooked by sunset. Now what happens if I make Shabbos ...
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What's the best way to make ashes (for weddings and/or pre-Tisha B'Av)?

There are times that something calls for ashes, e.g.: The meal right before Tisha B'Av, you're supposed to eat a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes. A groom puts ashes on his forehead shortly before ...
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Correct Brocho on Hearts of Palm

What's the correct Brocho to say on Hearts of Palm?
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Separate Ketchup Bottles

Does one have to keep separate ketchup bottles for meat and dairy? (and why or why not?)
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Washing hands for eating pizza

How many slices are required to make you responsible to wash on Pizza?
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Carnation Instant Breakfast substitute

Is there any non-dairy (or chalav yisrael) substitute for Carnation Instant Breakfast?
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What is the b'racha for tortillas?

Is a Tortillah considered lechem (bread), pas habab'knisin (cake/cracker/pie which assumes the status of bread AIUI when one "makes it a seudah"), or is it a stam mezunos? I haven't seen it explicitly ...
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Jello (Gelatin) on Shabbos

Is making Gelatin on Shabbos permissible?
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Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov

Can a person make seltzer on shobbos or yom tov with something like sodastream?
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Must I separate challah from pre-made dough?

If I buy ready-made bread dough or pizza dough, do I have to separate challah from it?
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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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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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Wine touched by non-Jews

Are you allowed to drink wine that non-Jews touched? Why?
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What bracha do you make on smoothies?

If I put grapes, apples, strawberrys, watermelons, and other fruits and vegetables, as ingredients, in a smoothie, what bracha do I make, because its filled with foods of different brachos?
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why create non kosher animals?

why did hashem create non kosher animals, was it to tempt us and see if we would control ourselves?
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Baal Habayis in Bentching

When bentching (saying the prayer after meals), one is to insert a blessing for one's host. I have four scenarios, in which I wonder about whether it is appropriate to say the blessing for the host or ...
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What kind of matza should I buy?

So many different kinds of matza, what should I buy?
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Kosher accommodations in out-of-the-way US places

Are there any non-urban vacation areas in the United States with full-service kosher food available? I realize that the following are not hard to find: Kosher restaurants in some urban centers. A ...
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How do I bake my own matza?

I'd really like to bake matza by hand. I know that it's impractical and inadvisable to try doing it on my own, but I hear that groups of people go to matza factories to do it. How do I find such a ...
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How to identify Yashan

I would like to serve food to a friend who observes the restrictions against eating Chadash grain products, but I don't have access to a guide on identifying Yashan. However I have heard, for ...
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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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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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What would you really, actually like to receive (give?) for Mishloach Manot on Purim?

Let's put it this way: what would you actually like to receive in your Mishloach Manot on Purim? (I'm trying to figure out what to put in there would actually be most appreciated?) I feel like ...
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Preferred method for providing hot water on Shabbat

I'd like to have hot water available for making tea and the like on Shabbat. What is your preferred method for this, and why? Do you use an electric urn? If so, what brand and features? Is it ...
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Must I warn people about an untrustworthy restaurant?

What is my obligation to warn fellow kosher observant people about a Restraurant that is claiming to be "Glatt" Kosher, when in fact it has no Rabbinic Supervision at all and the owner's religious ...
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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?