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Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl (notes to Mishnah Berurah 1:2) quotes the Vilna Gaon as saying that after the martyrdom of Graf Potocki (the famed “Ger Tzedek of Vilna”) in 1749, ruach ra'ah was no longer powerful enough to mandate washing immediately upon rising. From a more technical perspective, Shevut Yaakov (3:1) notes that this ruling is nowhere to be found ...


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According to Rabbi Kaganoff's article: Yet another stringency is that one should be careful not to touch food without first washing away the ruach ra. However, if one did touch food prior to washing, the food may be eaten (Shu’t Shevus Yaakov 2:105; Artzos Hachayim, Eretz Yehudah 4:4; Darchei Teshuvah 116:35). If I have a chance to get to any of ...


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From http://www.torah.org/learning/hamaayan/5769/yisro.html# (hattip: @Salmononius2): Thursday night of the week of Parashat Yitro: It was the custom among the Jews of Tunis to hold a "Seudat / Feast of Yitro" on this night. Some say that the feast commemorates the feast that Yitro made in this week's parashah (18:12). Others say it celebrates the ...


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I will try to briefly around the issue **Make it clear that I am not allowed to decide** 1- You need to clarify if today a christian symbol as a cross is an avoydo zoro, סוגיא של שיתוף ושל האמונה שיש כיום. יש גם ע"ז שביטלו אותה 2- You need to clarify if the food itself has this form or the package. 3- The object is an offering to an idole or ...


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Shemot 12:16 says the following: YLT Ex 12:16 'And in the first day is a holy convocation, and in the seventh day ye have a holy convocation; any work is not done in them, only that which is eaten by any person--it alone is done by you, Preparing food is not considered work as the verse clearly states. It says "soul" so it means both people and animals. ...


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I had a similar question. My case was about doing borer to take out frozen challa from the freezer (in a case where that could be borer) long enough before the se'uda so that it could defrost. (This would seem to be even more meikel than your case, as it is ochel mi'psoless). I heard from a local Rav that this is mutar. However, if it takes 4 hours to ...


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Most people who are commenting here do not know anything about the bakery business. Nothing in Crumbs Bake Shop is actually made by them. It's made by a factory called Malita. They are supervised by both OKS and Chof K. Rabbi Cohen personally goes there every week and stays there for hours checking everything. The staff told me how he is more stringhnet ...


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The Sefer HaChinuch and Maimonides frequently say that the reason behind a Torah prohibition is that such foods/practices/clothing are used in idolatry i.e. the religious rites of other nations. Therefore, it would seem to be forbidden to eat any such food or do any such practice outright, even one not mentioned in classical sources.


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The real question here is not so much what are the components of the medication but rather whether or not it has a good taste. If it has no taste, it doesn't require a blessing at all. We only say blessings on food that have good taste (ha'naat grono, pleasure of the throat) or nutritional value (water has no taste but we still enjoy it when thirsty). If ...


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This is not a definite reason, but it may be in memory of the teaching of Rav Yehuda said in the name of Rav found in Bava Bathra 74b which talks about the Leviathan that was salted and stored away by HaShem for the Tzaddikim in the world to come, meaning after the resurrection of the dead. There will be a special meal which will include salted fish. It ...


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According to the shulchan aruch harav capers are hoadomo too, being that they are planted for their leaves too.



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