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Rama on Yoreh De'ah 13:1 says that it is forbidden to eat a fish while it's alive due to it being disgusting. (Baal Teshakzu) Mishna Torah Hilchos Shechita 1:4 says it is permitted to eat live fish.


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Kosher mammals (cows, sheep, goats, deer, etc.) and birds (pigeons, chickens, etc.) must be killed by kosher slaughter. So if your pet pigeon dies of natural causes, it’s not kosher. (In fact, if you kosher-slaughtered it but then found it had a massive tumor that would have caused it to die soon anyhow of natural causes, it’s still not kosher!) Kosher fish ...


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Yes. Goldfish ars kosher. You can even kill it to eat it if you want. Ritual slaughter is not necessary for fish (Rambam Shechita 1:3). Lists of kosher fish


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According to Chullin 101b, Ever Min Hachai does not apply to fish and locusts and thus something like this might be permissible. However, nonetheless it might be considered Tza'ar Ba'alei Chaim (Unnecessary pain to animals) and forbidden.


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There can be a few reasons for this, but predominantly, it can be one of two things: 1) The original certifier certifies it year round, and did not do anything to certify it for passover, but the importing certifier actually did visit and make a passover run. The original packaging was left in place for the production, however. This especially can happen ...


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I was told by R' Dovid Fink shlita that, speaking very generally, Ashkenazi poskim tend to require kosher certification, the reasoning being that the standards of kosher might be different from your own. Sefardi poskim, on the other hand, tend to consider a restaurant kosher if there is a visible observant Jew working there, exactly as you describe. As ...


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Every Kashrus organization has some differentiation in standards. Every one has stringencies that another doesn't have, and every one has leniencies that another doesn't have. The distinction between them, besides the standard, is how well they follow through and implement their standards. In general, the best course for evaluating certifications and their ...


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In order to look up kosher symbols, check out Reliable Certifications which gives the list by country. The two you are asking about are viewed as both reliable and accepted by most people. The Organized Kashrus Laboratories (O/K) 391 Troy Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213 Phone: (718) 756-7500; Fax: (718) 756-7503 Rabbinic Administrator: Rabbi Don Yoel Levy The ...


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The short answer "Because G0d said so" The longer explanation, fills up volumes of books explaining "why" Hashem said so. You can start with Maimonides "Moreh L'nivuchim' (Guide for the Perplexed), as well as all the books that comment on it. While one of the reasons for the laws may include the humane treatment, the laws of ritual slaughter are not just ...


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According to the 2014 OU Jewish Action Passover Guide on page 14 under "Libun (Burning)" On Line THE KASHERING PRIMER – PASSOVER 2014 A self-clean cycle of an oven(approx 850 degrees F) also qualifies as libun I have done it but it can also mess up some utensils. I was also been given this advice by the Baltitimore star-k, when I called the office.


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The Shulchan Aruch HaRav writes: סכין או אחד משאר כלים הצריכין הגעלה שיש בו גומא או סדק או נקב שאינו יכול לחטט בתוכן לנקרן ולנקותן היטיב אין הגעלה מועלת להם אם הן במקום שמשתמשין בו בקבע דהיינו מצד הפנימי של הכלי לפי שיש לחוש שמא יש שם משהו ממשות החמץ בעין ואין הגעלה מועלת למה שהוא בעין לפיכך צריך להניח גחלים בוערות על הסדק והגומא וישהה אותם שם עד שאם יגע ...


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See here. Kosher and Sherry Casks Rabbi Pinchas Teitz of Elizabeth, NJ, first reported in 1949 that there may be sherry wine in blended whisky – which would obviously create a problem for observant Jews who are also whisky lovers. It would then follow that any single malt Scotch that is exclusively matured or finished in sherry casks would ...


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As you stated, the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 116:2 forbids the consumption of meat and fish products together, out of concern that it is unhealthy. Since this is a health issue, it should apply to all types of meat and fish. I say this because, if it only applied to certain types of fish and meat, then the Shulchan Oruch would have specified the cases in ...


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I checked with my LOR tonight about the tea urn and he said that while it would be good if no chametz has touched it during the year (and it was kept away from where there is chametz), it would be better to have a different urn for Pesach. The main reason is that it is quite easy for chametz to have gotten on the urn sometime during the year. I asked my LOR ...


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This is very common on imports from Israel certified by the Edah Hachareidis. The Edah certifies only staples for Pesach use. It is very common to see Passover cookies (matza meal or the like) in Israel with multiple Passover hashgachot and an Edah stamp which specifically states "For year round use."


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There's a good article that summarzies the opinions here: http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/kashrus-of-scotch.html Read through the comments, too: The Poskim agree that ordinary Scotch whisky (whether single malt or blended) which has no mention of any wine casks is perfectly Kosher. The question arises when whisky has been matured in wine ...


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Rabbi Moshe Feinstein was addressing blended whiskey, but the issues are basically the same with regards to a sherry-cask scotch as far as I know. Rabbi Feinstein said it was allowable, but not preferable; he personally made reasonable attempts to avoid such a product (as a chumrah) , and gave his blessing to those who would make a product certified as free ...



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