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

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Creating a crowd-sourced database of non-dairy OU-D products

Several questions/answers on this site have pointed out that the OU-D hechsher does not always mean that the product is actually dairy. (But that it is, in reality, "OU-DE" [dairy equipment]. See here ...
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Which rabbis permit food being kosher just based on the ingredients?

Kosherstarbucks.com give options of what to order based on different halakhic standards. They include the "No Utensils List" (CRC-recommended), the Regular list, and the Kosher by Ingredients list ...
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Does Rooibos tea need a hechsher?

Unlike regular tea, which is from the plant Camellia sinensis, rooibos tea is derived from the plant Aspalathus linearis. I've checked CRC and Star-K and their tea-specific articles don't mention ...
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Why should a kashrus certification agency change their standards?

Today I learned that the Oasis Mediterranean Foods company (located in Toledo, OH) has lost their hechsher on stuffed grape leaves. Formerly the entire product line was certified by Star-K, so I ...
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Does MSG require a hechsher?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a popular food additive that lends umami (savory) flavor. Do pure MSG crystals require a hechsher?
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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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How do I refuse nonreligious guest's salad?

I invited a non-religious guest over for a meal. I insisted that they don't need to bring any food with them. But they said they're going to bring a salad. I told them it isn't necessary but they ...
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Is there such a thing as kosher perry?

This might be too obscure for most people, but I want to put it out there anyway. Perry is fermented pears (sort of a pear cider, if you will - from what I read in Wikipedia, perry produced outside ...
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do blanched, slivered almonds need a hechsher?

I have seen blanched, slivered almonds sold in packages. Hypothetically do these need a hechsher? I am aware that blanching involves heating so I imagine there could be kashrut concerns, but on the ...
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Is the Citrus flavored Ciroc vodka kosher?

I would like to buy citrus flavored "Ciroc" vodka and wonder if it's kosher?
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Can a mother taste her own breastmilk?

Can a mother drink/taste her own breastmilk? I know theres an issur for a non-baby to drink directly from the breast; but, what about from a cup? Further, if it is indeed assur (even from a cup), ...
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Is human placenta kosher?

There is, apparently, something called placenta encapsulation which means making pills out of a placenta postpartum for the purpose of digesting placenta. People claim that these pills offer unique ...
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What is the best way to keep updated with status of hechsheirim in Israel?

There are many halachic (and sociopolitical, agricultural, religious, economical, etc.) kashrut issues pertinent to Israel alone, leading to a great variety of challenges that kashrut authorities ...
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Does consuming raw meat make one Fleishigs?

If one is making meat, and while the meat is still raw licks his/her fingers, does s/he become Fleishigs (to wait the appropriate amount of time before eating dairy)? Essentially if we boil (excuse ...
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If we don't cook a calf in its mothers' milk, why can we use eggs with chicken?

The Torah says that one should not cook a calf in its mothers' milk. This is the basis for the prohibition of eating milk and meat together. If this is the case, why is it not also illegal to cook a ...
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If the Torah forbids meat and dairy together, why is it kosher to eat chicken with eggs? [duplicate]

Please correct me if any of this is incorrect. I understand that the reason for not being able to mix milk and meat in terms of kashrut is because you are mixing the milk of the mother with the ...
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What's this about a magical spitting bird?

In Christopher Hitchens's memoir Hitch 22, this passage caught my eye: In her preface to his collection of essays The Non-Jewish Jew Tamara Deutscher, widow of the great Isaac, relates the story ...
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Using Dishwashers for both Meat and Milk

Can one use a dishwasher to wash both meat and dairy dishes, either simultaneously or consecutively? What about pareve dishes?
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Were flour tortillas invented by the Jews of New Spain?

I was reading the Wikipedia entry for tortilla. It says, The wheat flour tortilla was an innovation by exiled Spanish Jews who did not consider corn meal to be kosher, using wheat brought from ...
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Does extra virgin organic coconut oil have to have a hechsher?

I am specifically referring to Coconut Oil. I know that my question is similar to this one: Is Extra virgin olive oil kosher by default? but My question is also about non-olive oils. Due to the huge ...
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Can olives infected with worms from the olive fly be used for making olive oil

Here, in Portugal they produce olive oil from olives that contain worms (from the olive fly). In our harvest we see an infection that is above the 80%. We spoke with locals in the area and they told ...
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How to respond to “but he does”

I mentioned to my coworker that I can't eat Domino's pizza, not even without meat, as it's not kosher. He pointed out in response that a fellow coworker of ours, whom I'll call Josh, and who is ...
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Do you have to check boiled eggs?

Is it necessary to check hard or soft boiled eggs for blood spots? I've never seen anyone do it, so perhaps it is not, but if so, why?
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If the label says OU-D, but the warning label for allergy sufferers says “no dairy”, do we consider the product dairy or not?

I attended a fantastic lecture on kashrus and dairy products by Rabbi Zushe Yosef Blech, shlita, who was asked an interesting question: Can you eat Oreo cookies after a fleishig meal? It was pointed ...
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Kashrut of Kellog's cereal

The cRc recommends Kellogg's cereals with only a k on the box. In my experience, I have not heard of anybody who disagrees with this. This is an unusual situation, though, since normally a plain k ...
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Why doesn't Kellogg's print the symbol of their certifying agency on their boxes

I have separated my previous question about Kellogg's cereals into different posts based on the comments on that question. The cRc recommends Kellogg's cereals with only a k on the box. In my ...
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After a kosher shekita, a non-kosher animal (cat) has eaten from the carcass. Is the carcass still kosher?

After a kosher shekita, a non-kosher animal (cat) has eaten from the carcass. Is the carcass still kosher? (The question describes not a real problem, I am just curious. In the reality, I've never ...
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Kosher nicotine replacement therapy?

I've tried to quit nicotine cold turkey and find it difficult. Are there any replacement therapies -- such as nicotine gum or lozenges -- that are kosher? Aside from possible kashrut issues, are ...
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Would a non-kosher Earth animal born in space be kosher?

Inspired by this question. The question linked quotes Sanhedrin 59b in saying that if an animal came down from heaven (whether it had kosher signs or not) it would be kosher. If I were, however, to ...
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Buying pre-cut ginger

May one use ginger root that is sold pre-cut? For context, I am curious about how the rules of davar charif might apply here. It seems to me that ginger would be a davar charif, so if it is cut with ...
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What are the characteristics of a kosher flour sifter?

there are flour sieves that are sold with rabbinical approval. You can see one here: http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ7/UKPN/FI8VJOBL/FQ7UKPNFI8VJOBL.LARGE.jpg What are the requirements for a kosher ...
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Using crockpot for a soap making project? [closed]

Preamble to my question: I was told by someone at Star-K that since soap is not food, it really doesn't even need a hechsher. For example, he told me that even though Brillo pads are not kosher, it ...
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Can a secular Jew drink non mevushal wine that he touched?

If a secular (non-observant) Jew touches wine that isn't mevushal does that render it not kosher for him to drink? Nafka Mina: gifting non-mevushal wine to a secular friend.
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Does non mevushal wine make the vessels containing it treif?

As per halacha and many other questions here, non-Jews touching (etc.) non mevushal wine can cause the wine to become non kosher. Does this have any effect of the vessels holding the wine, ...
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If all ingredients are kosher, is the entire dish kosher?

I am working on an app that allows users to enter in recipes. I have access to some data about certain ingredients that the user can select for the recipe, such as if the ingredient is kosher. If all ...
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Does a rubber sink stopper transfer kosher status?

We rent a place with stainless steel sinks I kashered last Pesach to be fleishig but there are rubber sink stoppers all I could do was clean until they were clear of food particles. The people who ...
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Fresh fish need hechsher

Does fresh fish from a supermarket or fish market require a hechsher? I would be tempted to believe that a fish known to be of a kosher variety would not need certification since there is no shechita ...
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Kashruth Issues with Dog Food?

If someone is keeping a vegetarian/milk household, and then they acquire a dog that eats meat based dog food products, what potential Kashruth issues might arise? Would there be difference in Kashruth ...
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Is vodka made from whey kosher?

There is a new vodka which is made from a whey base. I was wondering what are the halachic considerations,chalav akum is one that comes to mind,as well as basar bchalav?
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Confectioners glaze - non alcoholic

Recently I read an article by Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff regarding confectioners glaze. Confectioners glaze is manufactured from shellac, "a glandular secretion of the lac insect, Kerria lacca, a ...
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Could a Ben Pekuah make all cattle not eligible for Shechitah?

According to the Simlah Chadashah, the definitive work on Shechitah, a Ben Pekuah does not need Shechitah on a Torah level however the child of a Ben Pekuah and regular animal would not be eligible ...
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Is it kosher to eat live fish

In some countries people like to eat animals that are still alive (e.g. dancing squid / octopus). Clearly these animals are not kosher, but it is also possible to eat kosher-types fish that are either ...
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Is non-kosher-dyed food kosher?

Supoose some non-slaughtered-animal or non-kosher-species ingredient gets mixed accidentally into a larger food. From what I understand, if the non-kosher ingredient is not thought to add flavor to ...
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KORC - Kosher Symbol

I was in Costco today and saw chopped romaine lettuce with the KORC symbol. I was wondering if anyone knows if this symbol is accepted by the OU or other large Kashrus organizations.
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Source for requirement of 3rd party hechsher? [duplicate]

When you eat another Jew's food, you are entitled to rely on him for the kashrus of the food. By that reasoning, if he opens a restaurant, and you know him to be Yarei Shamayim, you shouldn't need ...
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Is there a problem with eating Gummy Bears and Meat together?

Most kosher gummy bears (and other gummy candy) that I have seen contain fish gelatin. Since there is a warning in the Shulchan Aruch against eating fish and meat together, does the same apply to ...
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How many degrees of separation from food does one have to kasher?

I understand that the sink, the dishwasher, and sponges, etc. all need to be kashered, presumably because they touch things (plates, utensils) that also touch food. But how many degrees of separate ...
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Can a Jew borrow a cup of sugar from his non-Jewish neighbor?

I'm not specifically asking about stealing and owing concerns, although those may also be of interest. My question is actually: Can we use kosher-labeled ingredients from a non-Jew's home? (I ...
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Is a bottle or jug of 100% pure maple syrup kosher without certification?

There are several farmers' markets scattered around the New York City area. Many of them carry bottles or jugs of 100% NY State or Vermont maple syrup. Occasionally I find Canadian maple syrup. (For ...