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I think some are missing the point of this question. Let's take a product like apple juice. The Talmud never talks about the laws of kosher apple juice, so today kosher certifiers will go into an apple juice factory, figure out what are the odds that the equipment or ingredients have anything non-kosher in them, and certify accordingly. Easy enough. If you ...


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R' Dovid Feinstein rules that chalav stam in the US is permissible me'ikar hadin year-round, so it is not comparable to pas palter and one need not be strict to the same degree of pas palter. However, he does maintain that chalav Yisrael is ideal, so it seems like he might consider it a reasonable optional practice to undertake during the aseres y'mei ...


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This is a fairly broad question, but basically it takes a good deal of scholarship. (And people who like to pick whatever snippets from Jewish sources that suits them, and post them online in all caps, aren't often so good at this.) We do not have the power to overturn rabbinic law that was codified into the Talmud, however we can clarify the nature of ...


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Yoni is correct, companies ask for kosher certifications for all sorts of reasons. (I know a rabbi who had his phone ringing off the hook from two American sugar companies begging for certification. Neither needed it from the laws of kosher per se, but both were hoping to sell to a confection company that had made a simple blanket rule, "all our suppliers ...


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For Europe in general, from http://www.koshergermany.com/travellersguide.html : Milk and Milk Products: In most European countries no "Cholov Yisroel" or its derivatives are available. Those who care should take with them from Israel long-life milk and hard cheese. The following advises are meant for those who use non-Jewish milk (trefa-milk does not ...


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Looking at http://www.kashrut.com/consumer/dairy/Cholov_Yisrael.pdf (which now that I discovered it, looks very useful in general), I searched for "powder". I got: Haddar 27090 Milk Powder After reading the corrections towards the end I'm confused about these 3: Bluegrass Dairy & Food #21-208 BDF0032 SK Whole Milk Powder Bluegrass Dairy & Food ...


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I believe that this Gemara AZ 70., Rambam Ahavah, MA 12,21, and SA, YD 128,3 should be a starting point for anyone who wishes to investigate this she'ailah from original sources. From these sources you can see that a webcam would at least be enough to create a situation of fear (looking over the shoulder) on the part of the gentile regarding anything that ...


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First and foremost, if this is for someone who needs liquid nutrition, you must check with a nutritionist before trying something different. Saving a life trumps kashrut. Additionally, many rabbis who normally require chalav yisrael will allow non-chalav-yisrael for someone seriously sick (even if not life-threateningly so). Or as the TV ads say, "ask ...


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The details of this kind of question are discussed in the Shach Y.D. 119 s.q. 20. The upshot is that no, it is not OK. Only if someone were microwaving food for a group and a person happens to partake, would there be a reason to be lenient (there are still other factors involved, but that is where the heter starts - you can't just use it yourself because ...


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Kashrus Agencies are often asked by food and other product companies for certification, even when halachically no certification is required. The companies are told that there is no technical need for certification but many proceed with obtaining certification nonetheless for a variety of reasons: their competition has certification, the belief that the ...


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R. Moshe Feinstein and others held that it was an added stringency, which I believe is the generally accepted position. Normally a rabbinic prohibition still applies even when the reason doesn't, but there are many reasons here to be lenient. You can see a long discussion of the different views by R. Jachter: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3


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I do not think every question requires an answer. however this author obviously did not pay attention to Harav Moshe Zatzal's reasoning. The simple reason why HaRav Moshe allowed this was due to the severe financial penalties a company would incur if they lied and passed off something else as cows milk.


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Community wiki, feel free to add: United Kingdom -- London Beis Din prefers chalav yisrael but says regular milk is okay. Canada -- I assume? South Africa -- the Johannesburg Beth Din allows regular milk, but also indicates which of the products it supervises are Chalav Yisrael, and classes them as Mehadrin.


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In Yalkut Yoesf Yoreh Deah 81:9 seems relevant: גוי החולב חלב מעדר שיש שם רק בהמות טהורות, אף שאין בעדר בהמה טמאה, יש לאסור את החלב כל שאין הישראל רואהו, או שאינו נכנס ויוצא באמצע החליבה. ואם הישראל יושב בחוץ לשמור על הגוי החולב שלא יביא חלב טמא ממקום אחר, מותר, ובלבד שיראה את כלי החליבה לפני החליבה שיהיו נקיים. A non-jew who milks ...


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Here are links where you can purchase Cholov Yisroel powdered milk. https://www.rocklandkosher.com/c-682-Milk-Powder.aspx http://www.kosheronweb.com/store/review/product/list/id/5772/ https://glattmart.rapidorders.com/order.php?todaySp=&itemDetailId=96582&todaySp=&referer=products.php?cId=21355&PHPSESSID=c74fbbdcaf515320497427373690d2ef


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Barry, you should speak to your Rav about this. There are a number of mitigating factors: That it is powdered (see yydl above) That it is for refuah The reason why your family keeps chalav Yisrael (not only that it may only be a chumra for you, but also whether your son is required to keep your chumra) The age of the child Also, most who keep CY as a ...


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See here footnote 38, which discusses the OU policy about countries that at least have the regulation, even though they don't have government inspection. (Basically the OU will allow it if they find the company to be in fear of the government). This ends up including China, Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine. However, I have heard from someone in the Kashrus ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein's p'sak was only for U.S.A. and Canada. Being that there was (and still is!) much controversy surrounding his p'sak, and due to the fact that it involves a complex discussion, I have heard from some of his students that it only applies to where he said so.


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From an answer to your question earlier: Chalav Yisrael requires that a Jew watch the milking (though he can step in and out every few minutes); R' Moshe Feinstein feels that "knowing for sure" is as good as watching, so I think he'd allow a video camera. I don't know if other rabbis require actual watching, or if video would count too. I strongly ...


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Per Ohr Yisroel 20:186 this is indeed a problem and it would be inappropriate to drink such milk if one is Makpid on Chalav Yisroel.


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According to Hirhurim, quoting the OU (http://torahmusings.com/2010/12/update-on-cholov-stam/) the milk itself is tested before it can be packaged and marketed. "Even one pail of milk from other species intermingled in a silo sample of cow milk would show up in the results and indicate that the milk is not pure cow milk." Additionally, milk in each ...


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I was going to write a long answer, but this article really sums it up well. The bottom line is that there are different opinions about the acceptability of such milk, no matter how certain you are that it is pure unadulterated cows milk. Going further from the article, in today's day we can know just as certainly that Cheese is made with Microbial Rennet, ...


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If it is because of keeping it as a chumra (as do many in the United States) then one can even use the milchik utensils and pots used for Chalav Stam as long as they are clean. This is from the psak of a rav with Yoreh Yoreh semicha who keeps Chalav Yisroel and Bais Yosef shechitah as a chumra but eats in my house with no problem (I do not keep either).


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According to the OU's website, if you double wrap food for use in a microwave, it can even be cooked in a microwave oven which has cooked non-kosher food. OU Kashrut on Microwaves


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I listened to this shiur and a questioner (about half way through) asks almost exactly the same question (without referencing or meaning מענה לאגרות, and directly from the Mechaber). To explain the answer, basically Rav Reisman explains two points. 1) R. Moshe holds, not like the Pri Chodosh and others, that Cholov Yisroel is a Takkanah and the estimation ...


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Rav Moshe simply redefines "seeing" as "ascertaining." Our level of ascertainment on American industrial milk today is on par with that of the Krakow dairy farmer of 1550 who would occasionally step out for a break. In effect, it is chalav yisrael.


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How can anyone quote R' Moshe without looking at all of his Teshuvos (Igros Moshe YD 1:47-49, 2:31, 35, YD4:5) - and placing them into context?! He wrote a few Teshuvos a few years after each other, where he very clearly demonstrated that as Chalav Yisrael became more prevalent, the 'hetter for Chalav Stam' became less relevant, and more for extenuating ...



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