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

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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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Hechsher on Trans Fat

The National Academy of Sciences (...) has concluded there is no safe level of trans fat consumption. There is no adequate level, recommended daily amount or tolerable upper limit for trans fats. ...
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Do Hashgachos endorse non-proximate halachic claims on label? [duplicate]

Sometimes I find products (under Hashgacha) with halachic information written on the wrapper (away from the hechsher). For example: Some products claim "Pas Yisrael", "Chalav Yisrael" or "Yashan". ...
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kosher food ideas without refrigeration

What kosher food should I pack for a one-week trip? I won't have access to a fridge; and no kosher food will be available at my destination. The only food idea I can think of is tuna. That would ...
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What is the kashrut status of synthetic/in vitro meat? [duplicate]

It was reported in the news today (at least in the UK) that another step forward has been made towards the creation of "synthetic meat". From BBC News: The world's first lab-grown burger was ...
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Would coffee in beer be kosher?

It is common practice to allow drinking coffee pretty much anywhere. It is also widely accepted to drink unflavored beers. Would that logic allow one to drink beer that is commercially brewed and/or ...
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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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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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Are plants that exhibit rapid plant movement considered non-Kosher animals?

There is a question here asking if sea sponges are Kosher. The answers seem to center around the idea that regardless of if they have animal cells, a halachic classification might depend on how it ...
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Equipment used for cooking by a non-Jew

I've heard that even if kosher ingredients and equipment are used, the food cooked (i.e. using heat) by a Gentile isn't kosher in most circumstances. I am wondering what the opinions are regarding ...
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Is aged beef salted and soaked before or after the aging process?

Some kosher butchers are now offering aged beef. Is this meat salted and soaked before or after the aging process?
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Milk and Meat of Non-Kosher Animal Species

Is cooking milk with the meat of non-kosher animal species the same problem as cooking milk with the meat of kosher animal species? In other words: can a Jew cook milk with a non-kosher animal ...
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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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Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach?

Are there any hechshers that certify food as kosher for B'nei Noach? Or any restaurants that offer such food? If not, how do observant B'nei Noach ensure that the meat that they eat was definitely not ...
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Rambam held of Timtum halev?

There is a famous story of the Rambam in the name of R' Chaim Brisker: "When the Rambam visited Yemen, he met a certain gaon of the geonim of the time. And after the Rambam returned home, this ...
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Premixed Gatorade and Powerade aren't cheap. I'd rather buy something powdered or concentrated. What's kosher?

I'm sick today; I think it might be (mild) gastroenteritis. DuPont et al. write that "the most important form of therapy consists of fluid combined with electrolytes", citing the CDC. I'd rather use ...
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Fruits and Vegetables Prepared With Treif Utensils

Can I eat e.g. a watermelon cut with a treif (non-kosher) knife on a treif cutting board and stored in a treif container?
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Kashrut of rennet for cheese & Difference between rennet and gelatin

I actually have 2 questions which are related. Traditionally, making cheese involves using rennet, a substance derived from animal stomach. If the rennet is derived from a non-Kosher animal, it is ...
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Is Coca Cola (and other beverages) kosher everywhere in the world?

I'm currently sitting in an airport transit lounge in Istanbul, and thinking I wouldn't half mind a drink. Available to me are the usual range: Coke, Fanta, Sprite, filter coffee... Are these ...
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Artificial non Kosher food

According to Vayikra we have: ז וְאֶת-הַחֲזִיר כִּי-מַפְרִיס פַּרְסָה הוּא, וְשֹׁסַע שֶׁסַע פַּרְסָה, וְהוּא, גֵּרָה לֹא-יִגָּר; טָמֵא הוּא, לָכֶם.‏ 7 And the swine, because he parteth ...
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Powdered Milk - Chalav Yisroel

I have a child with a milk allergy. He will be undergoing a "baked milk" food challenge shortly. For this I need to bake him muffins with powdered milk. I have found several brands of kosher powdered ...
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food containers - why is hechser needed? [duplicate]

I want to buy a vacuum sealer for food. The vacuum bags do not have a hechsher. Normally, I buy ziplock bags that are OU. To keep this general, I am hoping someone can elaborate on the reason and ...
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Why is chicken “meat” (with regards to basar bechalav) and an egg not?

Why is chicken considered meat but fish is not? Also, why is an egg considered pareve? And if we can eat chicken eggs, why can't we eat caviar (fish eggs)?
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Finding Kosher Fruit Flavored Snacks

Anyone know of a kosher fruit flavored snack, similar to these? According to oukosher.org there exists a "Scooby-Doo! Fruit Flavored Snacks 10 Count Carton" that is OU Parve, but I cannot find it ...
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I am or was a religious jew and purposely ate non kosher

I'm a religious Jew. I kind of lost faith and ate non-kosher purposely, and now I feel so bad with myself that I want to die. What should I do? Is there any type of repentance I should take upon ...
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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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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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Throwing out food with “questionable” hechsher - bal tashchis?

If one receive cooked food from a person that perhaps used ingrediants from a hechsher that one normally wouldn't eat is it bal tashchis to throw out the food? With packaged, store-bought food it ...
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To what extent should one not sell unkosher goods?

I know that, as a Jew, I shouldn't sell unkosher goods. So, does this mean I can't directly make profit from selling unksher goods? For example, if I work for Walmart, and some one buys pork while I ...
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When is a grafted tree Kosher?

I understand that fruit isn't kosher if it is picked in the first 3 years of growth. However, what about grafting trees? If two branches come from trees that each more that 3 years old, but the ...
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Do non-toxic, biodegradable kitchen/dish cleaners pose a Kashruth problem?

In certain instances, I've heard rabbis allow soaps and harsh cleaners to be used to make food and food-residue "Pagum" (ruined), which then removes any prohibition that might otherwise result when ...
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Is a Jewish farmer allowed to raise animals for non-kosher slaughter?

Is a Jewish farmer allowed to raise animals for non-kosher slaughter? Does it make a difference whether it is a non-kosher animal (e.g. pig), vs. a kosher animal? Does it make a difference whether the ...
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What are the reasons that chewing cud is a kosher sign?

In parashat Shemini (Lev. 11:3), we learn that one of the signs for distinguishing kosher mammals is that a species must chew its own cud. Are there any taamim (explanations) that elucidate the ...
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impure animals: present, future, past

The verses in Vayikra 11:4-6 gives 3 examples of different impure animals which don't have split hoofs, namely: the camel, the 'hyrax' (shafan) and the hare. An interesting thing I once noticed is ...
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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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Easiest way to determine if something is “Chametz” or permitted for Passover?

A friend of mine runs a catering company that does do business with a sizable group of Jewish people. Around this time of year she gets requests to be 100% Passover Kosher of course. This often ...
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Problems with the kashrut of todays machine matzot

I read a disturbing article by Rav Menahem Eizenberg in Techumin (26, page 123). The one of the many issues raised in the article is that the hechser for machine mazah does not apply to today's ...
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What foods do not need a Pesach hechsher?

Which foods are kosher for Pesach with only a "year-round" hechsher, or with no hechsher at all?
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The Manna and non kosher taste

The Gemarah in Yoma 75a explains that the manna imparted all flavors except five flavors. Based on this idea, can one have in mind the taste of pork while eating the manna, or do we say that anything ...
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Is Guinness Beer no longer kosher?

A new Smithsonian article has discovered Guinness Beer's use of isinglass, a technique that Guinness Beer has confirmed that it does to the Huffington Post, and even declared "Guinness Black Lager is ...
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Using a non-kosher toaster oven

What is the permissible way to use a non-kosher toaster oven? My thought process was that, when cooking milk in a meat oven, the covering of the dish and the rack makes it acceptable. Would covering ...
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Can my non-Jewish co-worker bring me coffee from the corner cafe?

Assuming coffee is Kosher, would it be alright if my non-Jewish co-worker brings me coffee on a trip to the corner cafe? May I assume that the co-worker indeed purchased a Kosher item and has not ...
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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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What makes a wine kosher?

Why are some wines kosher and some not?
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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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Koshering granite

I have been told that a granite counter top is similar to glass in that it is not porous and does not absorb taste from food that touches it. Is there a source in halacha for this concept? What other ...
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Opened “please-take!” food items in a non-Jewish workplace

Is it alright to consume unsupervised food items at work that are open and available to anyone, assuming the items were initially known to be Kosher1 and there's no evidence of tampering? Items that ...
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How to explain Kashruth simply

How can one explain Kashruth to a curious colleague without too much complexity? I get curious questions all the time, mostly about the laws and about rabbis blessing the food, which is, of course, a ...
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Can jews eat unclean animals when blood is removed?

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/p/pt/pt0512.htm Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh within all thy gates, after all the desire of thy soul, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God ...
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What makes something “worthy of being honored”?

When a piece of meat is in a mixture that should nullify it, we don't consider it nullified if it is ראוי להתכבד, or "worthy of being honored", something you would serve to a guest. Is there some kind ...