Kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus, כשרות or כַּשְׁרוּת) is the set of Jewish dietary laws.

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Chalak or Glatt?

Which standard is considered more machmir: chalak (Beit Yosef) or glatt? I have heard that when the Ashkenazim started emigrating in force to Israel, there was an issue of the Ashkenazim being meikel ...
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Keeping Kosher Jewish/gentile marriage

A young couple is in love and intends to marry. She is Jewish and he is Christian. Each respects the other's religious beliefs and neither intends to convert. She keeps kosher. OTOH, he eats ...
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Does breast milk make vessels non-kosher or milchig? [duplicate]

I understand that breast milk is kosher only for babies and is traif for adults. But does breast milk make other vessels non-kosher? For example, if I put a spoon, knife or fork in the breast milk, or ...
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Test tube meat: Pareve? [duplicate]

Meat that is grown in a test tube - also known as in vitro meat - would seemingly fall outside of existing kashrut categories. You do not need to kill an animal (thus no need to schecht). Would it ...
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Kosher flavored beer without certification on the bottle?

I've always heard that the rule in the United States is that domestic non-microbrewery/craft unflavored beer needs no certification as kosher, as all such beers are kosher, but that any other beer ...
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Whale-yeast Beer

This article describes a beer created with yeast from fossilised remains of an ancient whale. From what I understand, the yeast imparts certain characteristics to the beer other than alcohol content. ...
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Who certified this yogurt as kosher?

Looking at unclear heshers on some yogurt packages: Dannon "Light and Fit" yogurt has a capital K without any other identifier. Yoplait "Light" has a capital K D. I was told that the letter K alone ...
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Should a Jewish cashier scan treif items?

On the basis of Vayikra 11:8, is it permitted to work as an employee at a grocery store as a cashier (not the owner of the business), which would entail touching packaged yet non-kosher food items ...
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Can I eat chocolate melted in a meaty pot and then combined with dairy?

Suppose I'm making some dessert, like cheesecake or ice-cream sundaes, by melting chocolate and pouring it over the dairy dessert. I realize after doing this that the pot I used was fleishig and used ...
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Craving for Non-Kosher Food

If a pregnant lady craves for something not kosher is she permitted to eat it? Source? Does it depend how much she wants it, etc.?
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hot pot and trief

I heard that placing hot pots onto counters or refrigerator shelves could treif the pot (although not its contents) if the counter or shelf is dirty with an opposite type of foodstuff. Is there a ...
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Participating in a non-Kosher food co-op

A food cooperative is a member-owned food store. It is typically set up that in order to shop there at discount prices, each person can become a member if they agree to volunteer a certain amount of ...
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Are separate glasses required for milk and meat?

It seems to me that there are some interesting things which are done in virtually every kosher Jewish home that may have no basis in halachah. I think that having separate glasses for meat and dairy ...
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Bishul Akum: State Dinners

How do we know precisely what foods fall under the "King's Table" exemption to the rule against Bishul Akum? It is obvious that foods like potato chips probably won't be served at a state dinner, and ...
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The concept of glatt

Where in the Gemara do you find the concept of meat being "glatt"? Or where do you even find the concept of "kosher lmehadrin."
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What makes a movie “kosher”?

Several years ago, when my kid was in camp, I asked him what he did on a rainy day in camp. He said that they watch a "kosher movie". OK, I know that the word "kosher" is used generically in English ...
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Mashgiach and a restaurant staying open on Shabbos

This question notes that in Israel, a restaurant cannot receive a hashgacha if they are open on Shabbos. However, in the U.S. this doesn't seem to be the case. What rules do mashgichim rely on to ...
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Is the blood of a non-Kosher animal forbidden because of וכל דם לא תאכלו

Inspired by a recent chat discussion related to this question. Does the prohibition of וכל דם לא תאכלו - not eating blood - apply to non-Kosher animals? The Rambam writes: ודבר מפורש בתורה שאינו ...
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Kashering with a potted plant

On Friday, my grandmother made a comment about kashering a knife by sticking it in a potted plant (with very loose soil), something which will not kasher anything. What is the origin of this ...
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Ramen and a hechsher?

I just came across this article about improvising around instant ramen. Assuming that the flavour pack is independent of noodles, does one need a hechsher on ramen?
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Grill used for neveilot

Assuming I have a grill and someone I know uses it, without my permission, to cook meat from a neveilah (or perhaps not, but kosher species without certification). What is the status of the grill and ...
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Off the Derech Parent [closed]

In what instances to kibbud av v'em apply to a parent who has become less religious? For example, of the following points, which battles are worth fighting? Kashrut Shabbat Chaggim tzniut As ...
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How to keep kosher in a non-observant household

Many Baalei Teshuvah (returnees to Judaism) confront various conflicts regarding their interactions with non-observant family and friends. A big one, which has not been discussed here (AFAIK), is ...
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If a restaurant is already halal, how much more work is it for them to become kosher?

There is a middle-eastern restaurant1 (independent, not chain) near my workplace that my coworkers think highly of. Today I learned that it is halal (some info about what that means), which got me ...
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Am I allowed to enjoy the smell emanating from a non-kosher place that cooks using milk and meat mixture?

I know that one cannot gain "Hana'ah" from meat and dairy mixtures. I understood the term "hana'ah" to mean "pleasure" or "benefit". My neighbor makes wonderful-smelling Italian cooking. The smell ...
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Do multiple hechsherim (kosher symbols) on a product make its kashrut less reliable?

A former rebbe whom I highly respect advised me not to eat any food product that has more than one kosher certification on it. His thinking was that in principle, the concepts of kashrut and achdut - ...
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Is pasteurization an adequate stand-in for something being mevushal?

I have a bottle of Lakewood Organic Concord Grape Juice. It is certified by Kof-K as pareve and kosher for passover. However, I cannot find anything on the bottle that would indicate it to be ...
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Was the honey that Samson ate from the lion kosher?

Was the honey that Samson ate from the inside of the lion (Judges 14:8-9) kosher? There are two premises to my question: 1) The derivation that bee's honey os kosher is from the Talmud, which, ...
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Is honey extracted from a dead bee kosher?

Bees themselves are not kosher, but their honey is. The honey is taken from the hive. If I found a bunch of dead bees and I cut them open and extracted the honey from the body, can I eat this?
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The levels in kashrut

If a piece of a biblically forbidden food (such as a piece of pork), falls into a bowl of meat. We all know the rule, it's batul bshishim. How about a piece of food which is only rabbinically ...
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Why don't kashrut agencies mark on certain cheeses that one must wait 6 hours?

While shopping for Shavu'ot, I noticed that the caterer had marked on their eggplant rollatini "made with 6-hour cheese". I was pleased that they did this, as I had never seen this marking, ...
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Why can't we use products in food that are a דבר מעמיד

מסכת עבודה זרה, דף לה עמוד ב explains how if one curdles milk with the sap of leaves from an orlah tree, the cheese is permitted. The reason is because the leaves are a separate entity from the ...
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Why did they stop packing the gizard, neck and liver inside the chicken cavity?

Why did they stop packing the gizard, neck and liver inside the chicken cavity? I think this practice stopped about 25 years ago. When I was a novice cook, I didn't know that I had to first take out ...
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Can a sefaradi eat fish with butter?

I heard that it is permitted for a sefaradi to eat fish with butter but not with any other dairy products. Is this a valid statement?
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Difference between eiver min hachai for Jews and Noahides

Both Jews and Noahides are forbidden to eat aiver min hachai (a limb torn from a live animal). Is there any difference between the prohibitions for Jews and non-Jews?
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Can I use a Keurig coffee machine if someone else has used a non-kosher “pod”?

My office has a Keurig machine. They work by inserting small plastic cups, called "pods", that contain coffee or other items. As I understand the machine's mechanism, hot water drips through the pod ...
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What is the point of a hechsher on Cholov Stam?

I assume that the widespread custom of eating/drinking Cholov Stam products (products using milk in which the milking was not observed by a Jew) is relying on the leniency of R' Moshe Feinstein that ...
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Slaughtering with a machine

May one slaughter kosher animals with a machine? I don't mean to ask this question about restraining animals, what I want to know is if one may use a machine to actually make the cut, to actually ...
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Are spices or produce required to be “glatt kosher”?

At home, I have a jar of Pereg oregano that says "glatt kosher" and parve. Am I missing something? I thought "glatt" applies only to meat. If so, how can something be both fleishig and parve at the ...
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Does a mashgi'ach revoke a store's hashgacha when health department finds insects?

The city health department has cited a kosher restaurant as having violations because they found mice and insects crawling on the food in the kitchen. Since mice and insects are non-kosher, I'm ...
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Is kopi luwac (civet excreted coffee beans) kosher?

Kopi luwak , or civet coffee, refers to the seeds of coffee berries once they have been eaten and egested by the Asian palm civet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak Is it kosher because they ...
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Halibut scales - how to identify them?

We picked up some halibut for Pesach directly from the packer. This fish has not had the skin removed. The box clearly was sealed with the O-K. But my wife was uncomfortable that we could not find the ...
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Can vegetables/fruit be uncheckable?

There are differences in 'bug checking strategies' for different countries due to differences in bugs, pesticides, harvesting and packaging techniques (etc.). In Israel, I have recently encountered ...
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Is eating veal permissible?

I once heard that Rav Moshe Feinstein forbade eating veal due to Tzar Balei Chayim. Is it true? If yes, is anything different in the way veal is farm raised nowdays?
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Per Sepharadim, is Almond Breeze permissible immediately after meat?

Almond Breeze is described by its manufacturer (Blue Diamond) as being "dairy free [and] made on heated equipment also used for dairy products". The manufacturer also "uses stringent equipment ...
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Keeping Kosher and Leather

I would like to ask a question regarding something I am quite confused by. Why is it okay to wear leather from an animal slaughtered not in a kosher fashion yet you cannot eat that animal's meat? To ...
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Can a hot water urn that is used throughout the year be used for Passover?

Can a hot water urn that is used throughout the year be used for Passover? If not, what is the reasoning why, if it is only used for water (i.e., not coffee). Would the same reasoning hold for a ...
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Does halakhah forbid Jews from eating pets that die naturally?

Suppose you keep a goldfish in your house. One day, it dies. Assuming that it has died a natural death (that is, you didn't intentionally kill it), is it kosher to eat this goldfish?
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Poskim who hold chalita is necessary?

Are there any famous rishonim or achronim (outside of Yemen & besides the Rambam) who hold doing chalita to meat is necessary?
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Hechserim on Matzos [closed]

There are matzos with circle U (O.U.) and matzos with circle K (O.K.). We want to keep high standards. Please tell us do these hechsherim have high standards? Does one of them have Higher standards? ...