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I usually just say "Jewish dietary laws," if a short explanation is required, and that usually suffices. If they want more information, you can start explaining that there are certain things that Jews are not allowed to eat -- pork and milk+meat being the most widely known examples. That's usually (IME) the farthest that this will go. If they ask you why ...


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There are a number of ways in which hidur is applied to esrog (and acc to the Magein Avraham other mitzvos like seffer torah and shofar as well), all of them enumerated in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim siman 656 and the Mishna Berurah there. The gemara says to add on a third for hidur mitzvah. This is explained either as meaning a third of it's size or a ...


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Mehudar (מהודר) can be translated as 'pretty', but is generally used to mean 'above and beyond' what is strictly required. For example, a kosher etrog can be ugly, but there is no problem with using it. A mehudar etrog is a nice one, and generally more expensive also. It's a 'hidur mitzvah' (beautification of the mitzvah) to use a nicer set. Consider also ...


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The CRC says: Coolata (Dunkin Donuts): Not all are certified kosher. Only recommended when purchased from a kosher certified location. I would read that as saying it depends on the flavor, primarily.


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There is no minimum amount of time for the items to be in the water. There should be 60 times the volume of the utensils. Any material than can be kashered can be kashered this way, however, this will not work for frying pans or grills, which became non-kosher over the fire. Furthermore, the first rule of kashering utensils is to wait 24 hours after they ...


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Some useful rules of thumb: If if moves, it's a bug. If it has legs,it's a bug. If it is asymmetrical, it's probably not a bug. My guess is that it's just sugar. In the future, you can keep the dates in the freezer if you're worried about them getting buggy. -Rebbetzin HaQoton


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According to the Kof-K's bug checking guide if webbing or seedy substance is seen, worms may be present. What you are describing does not sound like webbing or seedy substance so I would say it is not a problem.


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I've heard this from unlearned people only. I assume they are mixing themselves up with keilim. That is, in the idea of nosein taam lifgam, we say the blios in a kli become no longer considered halachicaly viable, bidieved at least, after being in the kli over night or over a 24 hour period. The popular opinion is to hold 24 hours but the other opinion held ...


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Besides the answer from @Jewels we have the answer from impure animals: present, future, past which actually mentions the llama specifically. The comment is Interesting explanation from a comment here: Gamal, Shafan, Arnevet are written in the Torah in the three tenses (past, present, future) and so refer to Bactrian camels (past, where Avraham came ...


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Llamas are members of the Camelidae family, and as such do not have split hooves, only two large toenails, as well as a soft padding behind them. An essential element in an animal being kosher is having split hooves, and hence are not kosher. As members of the camelid family there are presumably included in the verse under the general category of camels, all ...


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I understand from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama that the llama is a member of the camel family and so is not kosher.


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Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba made a ruling "in principle" saying that modern stainless steel cookware does not absorb flavor at a halachiclly significant level. Apparently two Avrachim from the Torat HaChaim yeshiva tested the amount of absorption of stainless steel and found it to be one part in 170,000 of the volume of the fluid cooked in the pot. In ...


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Yeast is not Chametz. Chametz is defined as the five grains rising. Yeast, on the other hand, is made from potato: In general, yeasts are grown in the laboratory on solid growth media or in liquid broths. Common media used for the cultivation of yeasts include potato dextrose agar or potato dextrose broth, Wallerstein Laboratories nutrient agar, yeast ...



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