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The requirement to kasher burners is mention in RM"A (451 law 4). Mishna Brura (note 34) states that it isn't really necessary, since food absorbed by one utensil cannot pass to a second utensil just by touching one another (there needs to be hot liquid involved). Furthermore, even if some food spilled on to the burner, it likely burned up completely. ...


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Source: The Weekly Halacha Discussion Per Igros Moshe Orach Chaim 2:68, and Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchoso 31:1 a non Jew may open the fridge for you due to Psik Reishei. Closing the fridge will cause the light to go off and is therefore prohibited. In a case where that it is a "Hefsed Meruba" large loss if the fridge remains open you are allowed to get a non ...


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"Your intention is to take out food, not turn on the light." Unfortunately good intention only gets you so far. The Gemara says all agree you can't say "oh I just wanted to cut off the chicken's head because my kids like playing with chicken heads; my intention wasn't that the chicken should die!" (This argument is known as psik raisha, or "severed head"). ...


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Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchoso (Edition published in 5770) Ch 10 (16) says that the food in the fridge is not forbidden to eat but you have to ask a shaaloh about closing the fridge. In note 48, he discusses the issues involved in closing the fridge.


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See Igros Moshe OH 1:128 (last paragraph) where R. Moshe refuses to answer regarding the permissibility to turn off the gas on yom tov. http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=916&st=&pgnum=221


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Usually it involves making sure it's thoroughly cleaned, then boiling water in it for several minutes. (Warning: the water could theoretically superheat, so be careful.) From the OU: "How is a microwave oven kashered to change the dairy or meat status, or to kasher from non-kosher use? A microwave can be kashered by placing a bowl of water in the oven. ...


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Adding to Barry's answer: Year-round, this isn't so clear-cut. I believe Chabad-Lubavitch's practice is to have separate burners. Rabbi Hershel Shachter (mp3 link) quotes his mentor as telling students, "when you get wealthier, you should buy separate stoves." Even for Passover, I looked at the Chicago Rabbinical Council's guidelines, and it doesn't ...


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Only one refrigerator is needed in any Kosher kitchen. Meat and Dairy can be stored in the same refrigerator. See also here.


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Consult your local Orthodox rabbi. But, to possibly point others in the direction of interesting answers, I have heard it argued that a microwave is considered akin to toledat ha-chama. See here and here. In terms of cooking on Shabbat, there seems to be one understanding that it is merely a shinui (e.g. Rav Moshe Feinstein); and another understanding that ...


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Rabbi Dovid Ribiat writes in his Sefer Lamed Tet Melachot - The 39 Melachos Vol. 1 Section 1/Chapter III/E)/a/2 (Chapter 3 - Muktza Page 51): An electric fan may be moved or adjusted if it is needed elsewhere. For example, the fan may be moved to blow in a needed direction (while being extremely careful not to accidentally pull the plug). This is based ...


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Whatever makes the most sense for you and your kitchen.


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See here where almost the exact same question is asked Some concerns: Could the taste of milk become transferred from the grate or stove top to a meat pot or vice versa?  In other words when I place my milk pot on the grate right after my meat pot, does the milk pot absorb the taste of meat? May I eat food that falls between the grates or on ...


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Nitei Gavriel (Hilchot Yom Tov, volume 1, chapter 21, paragraph 4) says: ‫ד. מותר לשים ביו״ט קדירה של מים ע״ג האש כדי שיעברו על‬ ‫שפת הקדירה ויכבו את האש מתחתיו, אכן יש לו להשתמש במים‬ ‫לבישול קדירה וכדומה דהו״ל לצורך יו״ט, ודוקא במקום צורך כגון‬ ‫שמפחד שהילדים יתקרבו להאש, אז מותר למלאות קדירה מים, כדי‬ ‫להרתיח על האש לצורך שתיה, בכוונה שהמים ...


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In general, with any question about writing and erasing Hashem's name it is useful to check the halachos of writing and erasing on Shabbos, because there is a lot of overlap. R' Moshe paskens that playing Scrabble on Shabbos is neither writing nor erasing, unless you're actually sticking them in their place like some deluxe sets. In that case he says one ...


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The OU uses a system where they remotely light an oven in order for the product to be Bishul Yisrael. From the OU website Rabbi Yehuda Shain has recently developed an ingenious system whereby the mashgiach can monitor the production from an off-site location. By installing a special device, it is possible to turn the oven on and off through the ...


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It would also seem to me that WAF's remark is correct and it must have been Yom Tov. If I am understanding the molecule aspect of the explanation correctly - it would seem that it's being distinguished from a solid stick of wood where it can only be taken in and out of a fire as a whole unit. Therefore, it would seem that the gas would still parallel a ...


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TL;DR: Consult your LOR. The CRC's website has a convenient chart of items that need toiveling, and for those that can't be toiveled, what should be done. For example: Coffee Maker - Glass parts - Tevilla. Machine - "clean well, do not use for 24 hours, and then run through one cycle" (Note that the CRC includes this paragraph:) Under no ...


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The following is a quote from http://www.dinonline.org/2010/05/30/cooking-in-the-garbage-bin regarding using the same garbage bin for both meat and milk, which I think is directly relevant to your question: In answering this question, it is important to note that although various authorities quote the concept of a davar gush (solid body) as being ...


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#1 seems OK. The issues here are cooking and the usage of timers. There is no cooking problem for that which remains in the oven for 2 separate reasons: The food is cooked and The oven is off If the food would be uncooked and the oven on, you would effectively raise the temperature when you close the oven door thereby cooking the uncooked food ...


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See Shabbos Kehalacha (vol. 2 12:39-42). Borer is not a problem if you don't want either thing but just want to separate them in order to dispose of them properly. (For example separating recycling from other garbage, papers for geniza from papers for garbage, Shemita fruit peels from other fruit peels to throw out). Similarly here were you don't want either ...


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Unlike typical food certification, there is nothing exceptionally special about the Star-K certification of appliances. They look at the specifications and functions, and apply their Poskim's understanding of the application of Halacha. The non-certified one can be shown to any Rabbi competent in that area and he can decide if the mode has any issues you ...


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The Star-K says tovel WITHOUT a beracha. http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-containers-tevilasguide.htm


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You're not clear about what, exactly, bugs you regarding the Yom Tov mode. There are two aspects here: The fact that you are causing the oven to operate, and the pressing of the buttons that provide information to the oven's computer. Rav Heinemann has a teshuva (link) explaining his reasons for permitting this. Very briefly, the causation aspect is not an ...


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The standard advice here is yes, just leave it on for the entire yomtov. Sorry, we're not magicians here that can hey presto improve on the wheel, so to speak. If you really, really wanted to put it on a time switch (/grumble/), I suppose you could, though that would have your oven clock blinking all sorts of funny times throughout yomtov; you'd have to ...


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Rav Aharon Kotler said that covering the knobs of the stove accomplishes what garuf & katum accomplished with coals. So in the sense that this is without what we would call a blech, this is indeed without a blech. Rav Moshe Feinstein is strongly against this, and most people in America today follow R' Feinstein alone, or the stringency of both, meaning ...


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It's debated by contemporary poskim (and can come up in many dairy restaurants that use a microwave to make eggs). From what I've heard (a friend of mine spoke to the OU's Rabbi Genack, who asked RSZ"A, if I recall correctly), R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach held it was a problem (though he does not consider the microwave to be cooking vis-a-vis shabbos). My ...


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2 issues: 1) Does the light go on when the water cools down? 2) Cooking on water on yom tov (where cooking it in advance doesn't affect its freshness), is only permitted if it you were unable to do so before yom tov (e.g. the urn was full already or there was no time).


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You assume it requires kashering. The Star-K says you can use any microwave so long as it is clean inside, you are heating only the kosher item alone, and the item is on a thick plate. You don't even need to cover the food. http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-cooking-microwave.htm


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Regarding question 2 http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-cooking-ovenshabbos.htm My oven and warming drawer have a delayed start timer feature. May I set it to go on Shabbos morning and place the food to be heated there on Shabbos before the pre-determined time? No. The food should not be placed there to be heated on Shabbos.


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From a purely practical point of view, an advice from someone who cooks for Shabbat and often tries to keep meat from entering parve dishes, failing in approximately 25% of the cases: don't do it.



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