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Jan
20
comment What is better - checking yourself - or buying pre checked?
Star-K describing their policy on pre-washed bags: "With a vegetable cleaning system, the means of creating a chazakah is to see if the system can effectively clean three batches of lettuce, or any other leafy vegetable, that you know was previously contaminated. After going through the wash system three samples are checked. If the samples are found to be free of infestation, a chazakah on the system has been achieved. It can now be assumed that the system can effectively clean the vegetables and no more checking is required!" star-k.org/kashrus/kk-vegetables-washed.htm
Jan
19
comment Is there anywhere that you can buy Kosher non Glatt meat?
That Trader Joe's meat has a Triangle-K, if I'm not mistaken. Check your local Orthodox rabbi whether that hechsher is considered to follow normative standards, other than glatt.
Jan
19
comment When a sacrifice calls for “two turtledoves or two common doves”, can it be one of each?
Thank you, Dave and Alex!
Jan
19
accepted When a sacrifice calls for “two turtledoves or two common doves”, can it be one of each?
Jan
19
asked When a sacrifice calls for “two turtledoves or two common doves”, can it be one of each?
Jan
19
comment Shachris in the Dark
"go by the closest city with normal times." Here's what Wikipedia says about the South Pole Station: "The place has no solar time; there is no daily maximum or minimum solar height above the horizon. The station uses New Zealand time (UTC+12, UTC+13 during daylight saving time) since all flights to McMurdo station depart from Christchurch and therefore all official travel from the pole goes through New Zealand."
Jan
19
answered Is there anywhere that you can buy Kosher non Glatt meat?
Jan
18
answered Eating Meat: What Changed?
Jan
14
comment Shachris in the Dark
Rabbi Heinemann accounts for all of the above opinions: when it's totally dark all winter, Shabbos starts at noon on Friday (Moadim Uzmanim), and ends at 7:12PM (Ben Ish Chai). Morning davening can be said when it's morning in your hometown (Tiferes Yisroel), but no earlier than 6AM (Ben Ish Chai). But when you daven, we're not sure you're obligated (Minchas Elazar), so don't say the brachos on Shema, and have in mind your Shemoneh Esrei may be voluntary. Phew!
Jan
14
comment Is Red Bull™ kosher?
Both answers are correct. The cRC compiles a list of recommended beverages, not all of which it certifies itself. The actual certification comes from London's Federation which is a well-recognized hashgacha (their hechsher symbol is an octagon with KF in it). Most people in America haven't heard of that hechsher, but will readily follow the cRC and Star-K's endorsement of this product.
Jan
14
comment What Bracha do you make on craisins?
Cranberries themselves are debated, as they are botanically fruit (i.e. perennials), but they grow very close to the ground. The former criterion would make them "ha'etz"; the latter is the reason many say "ha'adama" (which I believe is quoted in a popular Artscroll bracha book).
Jan
13
comment What is your favorite passuk?
Especially with the t'vir trop.
Jan
13
answered Tu Bishvat Esrog
Jan
13
accepted Why does the Rambam require repentance, and not just more good deeds, before Yom Kippur?
Jan
13
comment tznius in the bathroom
Good question! I'm sure a lot of people have wondered about this.
Jan
13
answered Shachris in the Dark
Jan
13
accepted Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
Jan
13
comment Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
Thank you, Curiouser!
Jan
13
comment Is there a source for inverting the lulav while shaking it in different directions?
hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=9102&pgnum=412 . He quotes this as the Rama's way, then notes "but we don't do this." (I.e. instead we always keep the lulav oriented as usual.) Taz and Arizal also say not to invert the lulav. Okay, but it certainly has a source then!
Jan
12
answered How does “shabbat speech-reinforcement” work?