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

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How to prevent holes when double wrapping food?

When cooking milk in a meat oven (or kosher food in a treif one) I often find that when one wraps using aluminum foil, small holes appear (probably from the heat). I was wondering if anyone knows a ...
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Does electronic cigarette juice require a hechsher?

Does electronic cigarette "juice" need to be kosher (require a hechsher)? Does it matter what flavor the juice is?
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Does a Chalav Yisroel milk bottle help?

There are many stores out there (e.g. Coffee shops) that have a hechsher, but are Chalav Stam. To get around this issue, some of these stores offer the option to request Chalav Yisroel milk for those ...
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How do I determine kashrut status of fresh produce from Israel?

Fresh produce from Israel has all sorts of halachic concerns: Orla, Shemittah, Terumot and Maasrot. Periodically, I come across fresh fruit imported from Israel. I generally avoid buying it, but I'd ...
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*Of* (עוֹף) in kashrus halacha

To find the kashrus status of an organism, we first need to correctly classify it as plant, animal, of, or fish, as each group has its own distinct requirements. E.g., animals need to chew cud and ...
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Which hechsheirim are reliable?

How can I find out which hechsheirim are reliable and which ones aren't?
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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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What defines a non-kosher restaurant for purposes of maarit ayin?

There is a known halacha that one shouldn't eat in a non-kosher resteraunt due to Maaras Ayin, even though they serve kosher food also. What defines a non-Kosher restaurant? McDonald's is probably ...
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Does instant coffee (regular - not decaffeinated) need a Hashgacha?

There are certain raw ingredients that do not require a Hashgacha (salt, water, eggs, etc.). Does instant coffee (regular - not decaffeinated) need a Hashgacha? If yes, why?
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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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To what grains do the laws of yoshon apply?

For which species must we wait until after pesach to eat the previous crop? Are there different cut-off dates for different species?
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Eating Giraffe Meat

Why is it common practice not to eat Giraffe Meat?
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Is human flesh a kosher food?

Is human flesh a kosher food? Please provide both modern and classical sources.
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Is autocannibalism halachically prohibited?

I was wondering if sucking your own blood or biting at your own scab or otherwise consuming yourself was halachically permissible, since, as far as I can tell, humans are not kosher. Even so, it would ...
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Are Dunkin' Donuts kosher without hechsher?

Can one (who is not strict about cholov Israel) eat Dunkin' Donuts without a kosher certificate?
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kashrus of mouthwash, toothpaste, lip balm

What are the halachic and factual issues involved in, and various rabbis' holdings on, whether flavored mouthwash, flavored toothpaste, and flavored lip balm need to be kosher, or need a hechsher ...
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What's the Bishul Akum heter for hard-boiled eggs?

I've seen prepackaged hard-boiled eggs in the grocery store with an OU. As eggs are relatively inedible raw, what is the heter vis-a-vis bishul akum for them? (Or are they having a Jewish mashgiach ...
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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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what is kosher meat?

I have heard different theories about Kosher foods, such as They sacrifice animal in a proper way They recite God's name when sacrificing the animal They only eat front limbs of animals. The rear ...
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Is it permitted to eat dirt?

If you find small (but visible) pieces of dirt on your food or drink is it permissible to eat it? Are there sources that discuss this? By dirt I mean "an unknown foreign object that makes the food ...
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Can a Jew buy non-kosher food for a gentile?

If a Jew is entertaining non-Jews in a business setting is he allowed to buy them non-kosher food in a non-kosher restaurant?
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Kosher status of medicine that comes in a gel capsule

What are the kashruth issues involved in the taking of gel-capsule medicine which does not have kosher certification?
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Why is kosher wine or grape juice rare alone but less so as an ingredient?

My understanding is that wine or grape juice is s'tam yenam and forbidden if handled by non-Jews without having been cooked. (See, e.g., an explanation on chabad.org.) The practical result of this, ...
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Can Whole Fruits or Vegetables Have Non-Kosher Additives?

Many (perhaps all?) fruits and vegetables grown these days contain various "other stuff" such as pesticides and protective coatings. I suppose that fruits whose peels are removed do not pose a ...
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Hagala for a new pot

I know that there is a halakhic necessity to tovel a new pot. However, has anyone ever heard of the halakhic necessity to do hagala on a new pot? Reason for asking was this.
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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 ...
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Is the cat figurine thing a problem at kosher Chinese restaurants?

It seems like all kosher Chinese restaurants have this cat-statue thingy in the front: Is there any Halachic problem with that? I assume not, if they're all kosher-certified; but why not?
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How do you look into a Pesach program?

I often hear that Passover programs are fraught with potential issues, primarily in the area of kashrus, but also with the reliability of the Rabbanim there and other issues. How can one go about ...
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How can yeast be kosher lǝPesach?

I was once reading the ingredients on a pack of Bissli (with a Pesach hashgacha) and saw that it contained yeast. How can this be?
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Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher?

Is whisky matured in a sherry cask Kosher? I know there is a Machlokes about this. Who holds what?
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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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Forms of Kashering a knife

I remember hearing that a knife can be kashered (from being treif) by sticking it in the ground. But I also know you can use the traditional kashering methods - Hag'ala and Libun. I have 2 ...
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Eating in someone's home who eats in non kosher restraurants

Can one eat at a friend's home who keeps a kosher home but eats at non kosher restraurants?
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Need to kasher a knife after sticking oneself

If I poked myself with a knife and possibly got blood on it; does it have to be kashered.
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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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Can someone swear off something that is already prohibited to them by halacha?

Can someone swear off something that is already prohibited to them? For instance: "I swear I won't eat non-kosher."
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Place Mats - Why and When?

When are placemats needed when eating, and why are they needed?
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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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How does one do Hagalah above 12,000 feet?

How does one do Hagalah above 12,000 feet, where water's boiling point falls below 190°F? Under normal circumstances, the water will not be Rochsim, and therefore unsuitable for Hagalah. Using a ...
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Reliance on non-Jews for removing bugs

In discussing washing salted meat according to Halachah, there is a lengthy discussion about whether and when we can rely on a non-Jew who claims to have done it. The Tur (Y"D 69:10) says that there ...
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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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Automated Cooking Machine Programmed

I realize in most situations to have a factory line be "cooked by a Jew" an observant Jew would have to turn the oven on, stove on, or something along those lines. This morning I saw this article ...
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Can you buy a beggar non-Kosher food, or chometz on Pesach?

If I am asked for money by a beggar on the street, or see a homeless person with a sign, I try and give them food as it is usually more useful than money (which will probably be used for alcohol or ...
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Cultured Beef and the 7 Laws of Noah

I know there have been questions on whether lab meat would be Kosher or not, halavi or besari... I see another potential debate. According to http://culturedbeef.net/what-is-it/, "Cultured Beef is ...
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Buying non-Kosher food for home Emergency Kits

The United States federal government, American Red Cross, and surely countless other governments and NGOs recommend that families have Emergency Survival Kits in their homes in case of a natural or ...
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Working in a non kosher yogurt store

I was asked a question this afternoon and I don't know a good answer (yet) so I'm posting it. I have been asked in the past whether a Jewish person may work in a non-Kosher restaurant that serves ...
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What is “blood that moved from one place to another”?

I'm learning laws of salting in the Shulchan Aruch. One concept I'm battling to understand is "דם שפירש ממקום למקום" - blood that moved from one place to another. Here's a good example of my ...
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Permissibility of making Matzah by frying

Does anyone know of an opinion permitting Matzah to be cooked in a skillet(instead of being baked in an oven), and if so under what circumstances?
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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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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 ...