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Giving tzedakah: True, if they are claiming to be hungry and asking for food (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah 251:10). However, if they are asking for clothing (and possibly for other necessities, including money?), then you should check first to make sure he's not just pretending to be poor. If you're giving tzedakah to a community warden (gabbai) who will ...


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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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Here's a list of potential issues (one specifically mentioning the Vegan Society and its standards) with vegan-certified food: The vegan standards for "animal-free" may be less stringent than the halakhic standards. I've heard this is particularly true with respect to bug checking for vegetables. Keilim. In particular, even if the restaurant's own keilim ...


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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 asked my rav this question when my daughter (not bas mitzva yet) frequented a family that didn't "yet" keep a full Shabbos (but they hoped to get there). However, they claimed a strictly kosher home. Based on a perusal of their kitchen, the family integrity and the mother's calls to me with kashrus questions, I believed they kept 100% kosher. My rav ...


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Based on the types of food mentioned, I would suspect that the Halakhah differs for each one. Regarding bulk candy specifically, the Star K says: Bulk & Repacked Candies: Today, a more economical way of purchasing favorite sweet treats is at the bulk food section of your supermarket, or in convenient repackaged cellophane bags. Often when ...


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There is at least one example where we do not follow these identified chazakos. R' Rakeffet talks about this in his shiurim on Civil Marriage... Look at this shiur: http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/709440/Rabbi_Aaron_Rakeffet-Rothkoff/1995-09-17_Ain_adam_oseh_be'ilato_be'ilat_zenut__17-Sep-95


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No. In fact the gemara gave two reasons for the opinion that there never was or will be a ben sorer umoreh. One, the opinion that his father and mother must be the same height and have the same voice, seemingly impossible. Two, that it makes no sense to assume any parents would have their son killed for the meat and wine he drank. No one is focusing on the ...


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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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How do you know who the restaurant owner is or if he is trustworthy? If you meet a stranger and he invites you to his house, how do you even know that he keeps kosher. It used to be that there were stores which everyone knew were kosher because of the reputation of the owner. Nowadays, stores are owned by people who may or may not be trustworthy (or ...


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Per Yalkut Yosef when you purchase clothing from a non Jew you have to inspect them for Shaatnez even if the non Jew insists there is no linen threads. However if linen threads are significantly more expensive then one may rely on that fact. If one supplied the material to a non Jew we are not afraid that he will switch the goods, since it can be checked. ...



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