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The recent snow storm got me thinking about this. So are you allowed to eat snow? What about icicles?

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    Do you have any reason to think you can't? Rain has been the primary source of drinking water in Israel for millenia. – Double AA Jan 27 '15 at 22:58
  • @DoubleAA For the possibility it gets dirty. – NS23 Jan 27 '15 at 23:30
  • Dirty with what? Pig juice? Bugs? Do you have any reason to distinguish snow from rain in this regard? – Double AA Jan 27 '15 at 23:42
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    @DoubleAA I think the verse is saying that the Land is "drinking" rain, not the people. – Ypnypn Jan 28 '15 at 4:30
  • @Ypnypn I believe there are commentators who understand the verse both ways. That being said, all people have definitely been drinking rain water for millennia. – LN6595 Feb 2 '15 at 18:16
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I wish that I could locate a definitive source to answer your question, but, in a way, the answer seems a rather obvious "yes it is kosher. My deduction:

Almost all drinking water occurs "naturally". If you or anyone else has hiked into a forest or anywhere that has a spring, esp. in the beginning of the Spring season, that water originated from snow that melted and seeped into the ground or flowed into a stream or river. Along the way, who knows what else may have gone into that stream - traces of animal feces, microorganisms (amoeba, hydra, etc.), perhaps traces of non-kosher pork chops from a camper's barbecue next to a stream somewhere. People either drink from the stream directly, or if buying bottled water, they're drinking that.

If you're wondering why does bottled water have a heksher, I asked someone from the OU a while ago and he explained that it has to do with the processing plant which may process other non-kosher products in the same plant. But spring water itself needs no heksher.

If you drink tap water, there's no heksher on that. (Yes, I know that there have been attempts to get one on NYC tap water, but so far, those efforts failed.)

I'm trying to make a "kal vachomer" in a way. If you're essentially drinking melted snow without a heksher, I think that whole unmelted snow doesn't need one. Granted, I don't recommend eating "dirty" snow from the street and certainly not from the road. Personally, the concern with such dirty snow is not its heksher but far worse - I don't recommend drinking a slush mix of gasoline and calcium chloride.

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    אל תאכל שלג צהוב as they say. – Double AA Jan 28 '15 at 1:07
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    @DoubleAA - I don't know who says that, but, yes, yellow snow is probably not kosher except for the one who made it yellow. – DanF Jan 28 '15 at 1:14
  • @DanF I think it was Frank Zappa who popularized that phrase, but in English, not Hebrew. – Mike Jan 28 '15 at 3:08

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