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There are discussions of whether it's permitted to walk into a casino and gamble, but the Gemara makes it clear (Sanhedrin 24b) that a person whose only job is getting people's money via gambling is "not among those who help civilize this world", and is disqualified from being a witness! So 1--3 would all be clearly prohibited. Regarding the pork abattoir, ...


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The assumption behind this question is that every letter, every word and every verse of the Torah is measured out carefully. Thus, we see that from an extra vav, a halacha may be derived. When, in the discussions often found in the gemara, one Tanna interprets an extra word in one way to prove his point, we must take pains to explain how his disputant, the ...


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Shulchan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah 76:2 - Translation from sefaria.org: If one wishes to salt the meat before roasting it (2) [6] and eat it without washing it, one may do so and we are not worried about the blood remaining on the salt. Some say this ruling refers to one who salted it, and then immediately roasted it, (3) but if it lay in the salt ...


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The OU has the following guidelines for strawberries. STRAWBERRY Type of insect: Aphids, thrips or mites Location of insect: Under the green leaf or on the surface of the berry Method of Inspection: Green tops must be removed. Alternatively, strawberries may be brushed between the leaf and the berry. Soak in soapy solution, then ...


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Practically today, there are enough complications in the process and ingredients (e.g. the release agent on the baking sheets) that you really want a kosher-certifying agency who knows what they're doing to go in and look around the place. There are rumors about what sorts of bread are okay in France -- are they baked at a bread-only boulongerie or a ...


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According to the CRC "Mushrooms – Fresh mushrooms must be rinsed and a cursory inspection is needed. Portabella mushrooms should have the brown under part removed. All dried and frozen without any added kosher sensitive ingredients are acceptable. Canned or jarred mushrooms must have a reliable hashgacha." Source: ...


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The way to go is to cut the shroom into slices (including the stem) and to check if they have needle-size brown tunnels. Also good to know - there is no need to peel the shroom.


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See this article. I'm assuming that you mean fresh (raw, unfrozen) strawberries. If one wants to eat the strawberries whole: Peel off the entire outer layer of the berry (including deep cracks and the place where the leaf is attached). Rinse well after peeling From the phrasing as well as the illustration, it seems that this needs to be done ...


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The OU in discussing cut fruit at the office says it is permitted. If your co-workers bought a fruit platter from a supermarket, you may partake of the fruit since you can assume the supermarket has a dedicated knife for fruit platters. Additionally, due to the sheer volume of fruit cut at one time in such a scenario, we regard the knives and ...


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In Devarim they're listed the way you suggested, all in one posuk. Daas Sofrim says (http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=39783&st=&pgnum=169) that in Vayikra they're given each their own posuk to stress the issur because these animals were commonly eaten, and also because each one is on a different level in ruchnius (and Chazal say that ...


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I think the first mention is the Rosh in the name of Rabbeinu Yoel and (his son) the Raavya. See the left column in the Rosh, seven lines from the bottom. http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14315&st=&pgnum=250


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As Menachem explained, the Mishna in Niddah 51b states that all fish which have scales have fins, after which the Gemara asks why the Torah gave both signs if just scales would be enough. The Gemara responds that it is "to make the Torah great." The Avnei Shoham (R' Shachor, 1894-1964) had an interesting re-interpretation of this Gemara, with major Halachic ...



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