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Rabbi Belsky mentioned in shiur that I heard that Glatt was originally a term invented by Jews in America which basically had no real meaning. The problem was, early last century the meat industry was union controlled and someone who wanted to run a kosher operation couldn't just hire whoever they wanted, they were stuck with union workers. So there were ...


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As explained in What's the Truth About... Glatt Kosher the term glatt does only mean that the lungs are smooth and would not have to be checked further to make sure that the animal is kosher. BTW a giraffe is kosher as it is a myth that there is a problem because of the long neck. Actually, the long neck makes it easier to slaughter. The term has come to ...


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perhaps it was due to their eating bread from the heaven for 40 years (Manna), whose blessing was (according to some) hamotzi lechem min hashamayim, so when they switched to wheat bread, they said simply hamotzi lechem min aretz.


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Double words will often connote an extreme, but not always. Rashbam: דרך אדם הממהר לשאול דבר מחבירו כופל את דבריו, וזה שהיה רעב הרי הוא כאומר תן לי מהרה לאכול. It's the way of someone who's quickly asking something from his friend to repeat his words, and this that he's hungry, it's as if he's saying 'give me quickly to eat'. Da'as zekeinim miba'alei ...


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The olive oil we get in the store is not really pure olive oil, as such it has nothing to do with that Gemara. Our "pure extra virgin olive oil" is roughly 30% real olive oil, the rest is made up of other cheaper oils or processed to change the natural taste of the oil. See here and here for starters, but this seems to be a well documented fact. In fact, ...


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There appear to be multiple issues here Nowruz appears to be a religious ceremony (Wikipedia: "remains a holy day for Zoroastrians") and a Jew is forbidden to participate in non-Jewish religious ceremonies one of the seven foods of Haft-Seen is vinegar: if it is made from grapes, vinegar (doubly so in the context of a religious ceremony) is not kosher if ...


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People who attend a pidyon haben are counted as if they made 84 fasts, tanesim. Anyone who partakes of the feast of the pidyon, is likewise credited. Since garlic and sugar leave their taste in minute quantities, we cook and then distribute food with this garlic and sugar to be mezakeh many, many, other people as if they too fasted 84 fasts.


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There isn't any real halakhic requirement to kasher items that are any degrees of separation from food. You only need to kasher items that are directly being used to cook food. The only time we are required to apply the Koshering Process is on items that are normally used directly on the fire, or are in contact with hot foods that are directly on the ...


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I found a relevant comment here: Some have the custom to kasher in a dedicated “kashering pot” which is not used for anything else, but most kasher in any pot which is clean and has not been used for 24 hours. It seems, therefore, that there is not a legal stringency to keep items used in the kashering process kosher. This would answer the "hot ...



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