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Why would spring water or mineral water need a kosher certification?

Nearly every popular U.S. brand of spring or mineral water that I've seen has a kosher certification symbol on the bottle. Amonng them are Perrier and Saratoga (mineral / sparkling) and Poland Spring ...
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Hydroponics – Allowed on Seventh Year?

Would hydroponics be allowed in Israel on the seventh year, when there are additional restrictions on farming the land?
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Can an igloo be a valid succah?

Follow up to this answer. The end of item 1 encouraged me to ask a question regarding using ice as the succah walls. Assume that scrub brush is used as schach. Some additional parameters regarding ...
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Can flowing water be used as walls for a sukkah?

Is it permissible to make a sukkah with walls made of flowing water (assuming that schach can be suspended over these 'walls')? Furthermore, would the water need to be 'continuous' or 'wall-like' ...
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For puposes of Tashlich, what is considered a “body of water”?

On the 1st day of Rosh Hashanna (if not Shabbat), customarily people go to a body of water for Tashlich. Does the water have to be there currently and must be a "natural" body of water? If so, what's ...
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Will accidentally wetting a page of an English Tanakh rend it non kosher?

If someone accidentally dropped a drop of water on a page of Tanakh will reading it, and the Tanakh is in English and the drop of water didn't fall on any name of HaShem. Will that make it non kosher ...
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Water Fasts and Halacha

Some spiritual disciplines have a concept of a "water fast" (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fasting), during which one consumes only water, tea w/o sugar, etc. Clearly, consuming even water ...
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Why does the Chumash have to explain what “thirst” means?

In Parshat Eikev, Moshe recounts all the challenges of the time in the desert. In Devarim 8:15 we read, 15.Who led you through that great and awesome desert, [in which were] snakes, vipers and ...
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Is a dud shemesh allowed to be used on Shabbat?

Can a solar-powered water heater (a dud shemesh [דוד שמש] in Hebrew) be used on Shabbat? These are quite common in Israel as a way of heating water without electricity on a sunny day. Essentially, ...
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Why singular “וְלֹא הָיָה מַיִם” in Bamidbar 20:2?

The word מַיִם is, as far as I know, pretty consistently grammatically plural in Chumash (and, incidentally, in more modern Hebrew also). That is, the adjectives that modify it are plural adjectives, ...
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What's the difference between בְּמַיִם and בַּמַּיִם?

In Tanach, the noun מַיִם occasionally is prefixed with a ב־. When the noun is modified by an adjective, the word formed is בְּמַיִם, as in Bamidbar 24:7 "וְזַרְעוֹ בְּמַיִם רַבִּים", N'chemya 9:11 ...
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How did the water climb so high?

The Gemara in Sota 34 says וכיון שניטבלו רגלי כהנים במים חזרו המים לאחוריהם שנאמר וכבוא נושאי הארון עד הירדן וגו' ויעמדו המים היורדים מלמעלה קמו נד אחד וכמה גובהן של מים שנים עשר מיל על שנים עשר ...
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Water left unopened

According to this article from the Kof-K one is obligated in covering water bottles, but we dont practice today as snakes are not common, but what if i lived in a desert like city, like Phoenix ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters ...
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does a water bottle become fleishig from a meal?

If I drank from a water bottle during a meat meal, does it become meat? Basically, if I drink from the same water bottle a few hours later, do I need to wait six hours again?
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Can someone help me understand Genesis Rabbah 4?

The beginning of Genesis Rabbah 4 talks mainly about the firmament in creation account. It goes as follows (from the Artscroll Mesorah publication): (4:2): "At the moment the Holy One, Blessed is ...
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Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha?

Is ice considered food or drink in Halacha? So for example, if one would eat an kezais of ice on yom Kippur, but it would not be equal to a reviyis, would he be liable for a chatas?
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Can noisy fans and humidifiers be run on Shabbat in a home that has had a flood?

Talmud Shabbat 18a states that “It is forbidden to place grain in a water mill [on Erev Shabbat] unless it will be ground before nightfall. Why? Rabba said: Because it creates noise.”[10] ...
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So where are these mermaids?

According to the answers to Would a mermaid be kosher?, the Gemara and poskim apparently believed that mermaids exist, and would not be kosher. So, if these mermaids and sirens exist, where would ...
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Can one make ice on Shabbos?

Can one make ice on Shabbat? For example, putting water in an empty ice cube box and freezing it? I've heard it's a Machloket between the Rema and Shulchan Arukh. What are their opinions on making ...
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Gathering my own rainwater to tovel

Is it permissible to tovel dishes in a bucket which I've left outside to gather rainwater? Is there an issue, for instance, if there hasn't been rain for a period of time?
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Why put water into the havdallah wine?

I have seen people (mainly sefardim) put a few drops of water into the wine before havdallah. Why do they do this?
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Drinking from a water fountain on Shabbos

Often when drinking from a water fountain it causes the motor that makes the water cold to run. May one drink from it on Shabbos?
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Does a sotah make a bracha?

Before drinking the sotah water does the woman make a blessing? If so would it be shahakol or something else?
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Can a magician cast a spell in water?

The power of magicians and magic, the Talmud speaks plenty about. One such example is that of Ze'iri and the donkey, in Sanhedrin 67: זעירי איקלע לאלכסנדריא של מצרים זבן חמרא כי מטא לאשקוייה מיא ...
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Licking fingers for Mayim Acharonim?

Since saliva is one of the seven "liquids" (a subcategory of water, cf. Machshirin 6:5), would licking or sucking on one's own fingers fulfill the obligation of Mayim Acharonim?
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Saying Asher Yatzar if there is no water available

Suppose after using the facilities there is no water available, should one say Asher Yatzar without washing their hands?
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Can one wet the lulav-towel on yom tov?

Some people wrap the bottom of the lulav (with the hadasim and aravot) with a moist towel, rag, or paper towel to keep the hadasim and aravot looking good. Is this allowed to be done on yom tov? If ...
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Can you dry yourself on shabbos?

May one dry himself with a towel on shabbos after using the mikvah? If not, why not? If yes, why?
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Is the blessing after food determined by the blessing before it?

Someone takes a cup containing just the amount of wine for which he must make a blessing after drinking it. He then dilutes the wine with water such that the blessing is no longer “borei pri ...
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What is the significance of “mayim nukvin” according to chassidus

What is the spiritual significance of "Mayim Nukvin" (feminine waters) according to Chassidus? I have seen it plenty of times in Tanya and various Maamarim, but I never really understood the concept.
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Should I make a bracha rishonah and acharonah on 1 ice cube?

1 ice cube is not a "m'lo lugmo" (majority of one's mouth), and it is also not the "norm" to eat ice cubes. Some people do this, anyway. For those that do, does it require a bracha? Does it matter if ...
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bracha when snorkeling/diving underwater and seeing a strange animal

There is a bracha said when seeing strange animals (presumably on land and/or in the air). If you are under water and see a wondrous sea creature, do you 'think' the bracha, or mouth it, or do you ...
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Was the rock the Moshe hit in Shemos 17 the be'er miriam

Rashi in Bamidbar 20:2 notes that until Miriam died the be'er [literally well] gave water. Was this be'er the rock which Moshe hit in Shemos 17? Or was it a well, and if so where is the first source ...
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If there are ants in the sink on Shabbat, can I use the sink even though they'll drown?

If there are ants (or other creepy-crawlies) in a sink on Shabbat, what is permitted to do with them when using the sink? Here are some things i can think of: Intentionally avoid pouring water on ...
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After the first plague, where did Paro's magicians get water to turn to blood?

Sh'mot chapter 7 describes the first plague, with the Nile and all other water turning to blood (except the Israelites' water). Paro's magicians then turn water into blood, which convinces Paro that ...
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Why not dump the ashes of the para aduma into a huge body of water?

The way I understand it one of the reasons we no longer have the ashes of the para aduma to purify people is because they were used up. I'd like to know if it would have been theoretically possible ...
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What's wrong with making coffee on Shabbat?

If, on Shabbat, someone pours water from a kli shlishi (which according to all opinions I'm aware of) over coffee beans which are laying on a filter is there any problem with drinking the resulting ...
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Why did God say יִקָּווּ הַמַּיִם, it should happen by itself naturally

In Bereishis 1:9 it says וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יִקָּווּ הַמַּיִם מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמַיִם אֶל מָקוֹם אֶחָד וְתֵרָאֶה הַיַּבָּשָׁה , And God said, "Let the water that is beneath the heavens gather into one ...
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Why do we refer to it as the Well of Miriam?

From what I understand the Well of Miriam in the dessert was actually a rock which miraculously brought forth water. As such why do we refer to it as the well of Miriam and not the Rock of Miriam?
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what bracha do you make on seaweed and algae? [duplicate]

These two grow on the soil in the ocean. Is the term "adamah" applicable only to the dry land or does it apply to the land in the ocean as well? Note: I am referring to eating just the seaweed itself; ...
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Why in the Temple were the meal offerings that were unleavened, kneaded with warm water?

The meal offerings in the Temple (that were unleavened – matzo) were kneaded with lukewarm water Rambam Maaseh Hakorbonos - Chapter 12 Halocho 21 despite the fact that this accelerates leavening. We ...
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Bottle of water for shaloch manos

Can water be counted as a drink for shalach manos ("sending portions" on Purim) or since it is mere water does it never count as a mana ("portion")? My question would apply to soda as well because ...
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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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How did the plague of blood work?

Here's what I know, based on my education in day school, about the plague of blood in Egypt. All water was turned to blood The only way for the Egyptians to get clean water was to purchase it from ...
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Why did the waters of the flood have to cover the mountain 15 amos?

The posuk in Bereishis 7,20 says that the waters rose above the mountains 15 amos. But why was this so? It's understandable why the mountains had to be covered with water, but why did the waters have ...
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May I drink water while wearing tefillin?

If I am wearing Tefilin, and I feel very thirsty, should I take off my Tefllin to drink, (if I am even allowed to interrupt) or am I allowed to drink water while wearing Tefilin?
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Should you say a blessing on diet soda used to swallow a pill?

The halacha is that you should only say a bracha on water if you're thirsty. All the seforim I've read agree on the following: if you're not thirsty, but you drink water in order to swallow a pill, ...
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Covering containers of water

In the Talmud (Chulin 10a), Chazal taught that one should not drink water, wine or milk from containers that were left uncovered because a snake and its venom might have gotten into the drink and it ...
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Mikvah with three additional chambers

I was looking at documentation of a mikvah being constructed, and it confused me. In addition to the immersion pool, this mikvah had three additional chambers. From what I have gathered, they appear ...