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We observe kashrut because it is a God-given commandment, a chok. Nevertheless there have been many reasons given. Some of them are rational (e.g., hygiene), others are more spiritual. Here are a few adapted and extended from aish's treatment of the topic that suggest eating kosher trains us spiritually to adopt the right behaviors We are taught to be ...


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Yes, all mitzvos have spiritual meaning and Kosher is no exception. Every law related to kashrut is based upon spirituality. The Ramchal in Mesillas Yesharim, chapter 11 explains that all forms of non-kosher foods can distance a person from God. The basic idea is you are what you eat, hence impure foods imbibe a person with impurity והנה מי שיש לו מוח ...


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Yes, lechatchila this should be avoided (according to some, lest the following two assumptions don't actually hold in this case), however it is generally allowed (to most sources that I found) because the soap "פוגם" any piece of food (i.e. makes it inedible), and secondly, people do not wash dishes with boiling water (and therefore the taste is not ...


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The elegant solution is to have the beggar order whatever breakfast he wants, offering to pay for it. Once he's taken possession of the non-Kosher/Chametz food - you now pay his bill for him. There is no problem having him thank you or being aware of your involvement. The point is: You don't buy the food; you pay for it after the non-Jew has bought it. So ...


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no, same reason that if you discovered chometz on pesach you did not sell (must be destroyed). One is not permitted to benefit from chometz and one cannot help but benefit when giving a gift or charity.


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I didn't find pictures unfortunately, but sharp heads are just that - like in sharks, while kosher fish have a more rounded head, as their mouths are in the front. The spine means actual bones, as opposed to no bones, or cartilage. Kosher fish will always be from the bony fish family. Some more here and here. But the main point I think, as mentioned in the ...


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Sea Sponge does not have fins or scales so it is not kosher. Please see Vaikra 11:9-13. It says of all living creatures, not just fish. 9 These may ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them may ye eat. 10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of ...


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This question is in the Rishonim in chapter Gid Hanashe (Chulin Ch. 7). Klipa is not an issur Davuk. Rabeinu Yerucham explains that A klipa is a limit of maximal penetration of the Issur. In issur dabuk, there is no such limit. This is the principle in 2 words. I remember that there is in Bach something from Raaviah about this. Here are some words from ...


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It's the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District, which the cRc currently says is acceptable. Inside the star is a "V"-and-"h" combination with a "C" in the upper-left and a "D" in the lower-right: VHCD is the initialism of the organization's name.


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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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It does not matter if it is an animal or plant since inedible things are kosher I do not need to bring a source that a sea sponge is not edible until someone claims otherwise http://ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/127/Q1/ Now, food which even a dog won't eat loses its status as food. Halachically, it's no different than stones or dirt which are you ...


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It appears not to be an issue if her mouth is empty from real food. R Yair Spolter and R Shraga Simmons answer here (paraphrased) Food that is not fit for human consumption is not considered food -- and for instance doesn't require a bracha (see Orach Chaim 202:2 with Mishnah Berurah 19). I also heard from my Rav that food that someone (say a ...



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