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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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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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A proper Otzar Beis Din does not collect vegetables which are subject to the issur of Sefichin, rather they only deal with fruits, which Chazal never instituted and were not concerned for Sefichin. Sefichin was never instituted for fruits which grow and die yearly which grow by themselves usually without any tending to, therefore there is little incentive ...


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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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The source for Hagala with a pot that is too big is a Tosafos in Avoda Zara (עד:) דרש רבא נעוה ארתחו. פירוש הגעילו הגתיות הגדולים .. מכאן אומר ר''ת דעירוי ככלי ראשון מדאמר הכא דעל ידי עירוי מפליט היין הבלוע בגת דעל כרחך ע''י עירוי קאמר הכא שהרי הגת גדולה וכבידה שאין יכולין לתתה לתוך יורה מרותחת כדי להגעילה אלא ע''כ על ידי עירוי קאמר והשתא כיון דהוה ...


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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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Toothpaste, lip balm, lipstick, perfumes and colognes are things very religious Jews have issues with when not having a hechsher... I on the other hand think otherwise... For more or less the same reason as why vaping is not a problem


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Inhaling vapour isn't eating or drinking and we derive zero nutrients from it. In my opinion the only sin caused by vapour is that it causes harm to your body, though in a far less manner than smoke from a cigaret so it's less problematic. Nothing to do with kashrut! I'd feel worst eating bacon flavoured chips that are certified kosher than vaping. Unless ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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I wrote to Dr. Ari Greenspan and R' Dr. Ari Zivotofky, who have hosted "Mesora Dinners," serving foods with interesting Halachic statuses, in various places. As far as they know, there are no kosher restaurants that include locusts on their menus. When they held the Mesora Dinners in the United States, the menu did not include actual locusts; they just got ...


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I spoke to Wrigley's which actually makes Starburst and consumer info lady said "it's not kosher but every thing in it is kosher" I laughed inside My next obvious question was what does she know about the gelatin? Her answer was "it's beef derived " So not kosher but actully treif big time



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