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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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Practically speaking, no food is ever placed directly on the oven rack save for bread to be warmed or toasted. As such one can rely on Rabbi Moshe Feinstein who says in his Igros Moshe Yoreh Deah 3 siman 24 that toasters don't need tevila being that you are not cooking or preparing the bread, but rather just drying it. And while its true that this drying is ...


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So the issue is two fold: Do the contents of the pod forbid equipment, and does the process of brewing the coffee create an issue. I have spoken with a Rabbi who is active in Kosher certification about this issue in the past. He was machmir about it (especially in my context where the hot chocolate wouldn't be Cholov Yisroel, so there was no question of the ...


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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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Probably the issue is hashmaat kol (leaving a noisy device running on shabbos that is considered a profanation of it's sanctity). - https://www.naaleh.com/hashmaat-kol-noise-on-shabbat-v5n9


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It would seem to be problematic based on information from sites such as this http://www.quora.com/How-do-Flavia-machines-work It seems a pipe or needle is poked into each packet to inject the hot water. If that is in fact the case, then that pipe will absorb the flavors from the nonkosher items, either through contact or steam. After which it will mix in ...


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This is from the crcweb questions to Rav Belsky: Remote Lighting & Timers Submitted by: Rabbi Eli Gersten Some factories are located in remote areas and it is difficult for Mashgichim to visit frequently or on short notice. If such a factory requires bishul Yisroel, it may be impossible to send a Mashgiach every time the boiler ...


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See here The Mishna (Brachos 9:2) writes that one recites a bracha upon hearing good news, building a new house or buying new items. The Shulchan Aruch (OC 223:6) and Mishna Berura (223:13) explain that this only applies to items that are important and one is particularly happy about acquiring. This applies equally to used items (Shulchan Aruch OC ...


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According to R' Moshe Heinemann, the Star-K's chief authority, the use such remote-control devices does not grant bishul Yisrael status, as it is not sufficiently direct: If the action that is done by the Yehudi (Jew) causes an indirect lighting of the oven, that action would not qualify for bishul Yisroel. Hence, dialing a number that in turn trips a ...


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If a non-Jew cooks food of the type which is not normally eaten raw, then the food is forbidden for a Jew, and the utensils may not be used by a Jew until they are koshered. Many Ashkenazi (European) Jews are lenient that if a Jew lit the fire, then this law does not apply. Sephardic Jews (Spanish, North African or Oriental origin) are more strict, and for ...


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See this other Mi Yodea Question which cites a source that municipal tap water could be used to fill up a mikvah. The reason for this is, pipes are not considered to be keilim. Normative practice has become to build mikvaot with many stringencies, but the basic fact that a pipe does not have a "beit kibel" (receptacle) and therefore, is not a kli, is ...


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The entire discussion hinges on certain assumptions, the primary ones being that steam or condensation is an issue in this case and that steel/aluminum is boleya. In addition to this, the discussion of steam being an issue is in an enclosed oven (both vented and non-vented models) which seems would not be an issue in this case, being that it is fully open ...


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You can remove the battery and than there is no issue. here is the way to do it. US wont tell you but i found this on a Australia website http://www.sodastream.com.au/auretail/images/FAQ/SourceBatteryChangeDoc.pdf


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I heard from a student of Rabbi Yisroel Labkowski (the Rabbi is word-for-word boki in Shulchan Aruch, you start reading anything, and he can finish it) that he said there are 5 reasons in halacha why you are not allowed to drink directly from a water fountain. I don't remember all 5, but the one I do remember is that you have to see the item you are making ...



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