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How do hashgachot certify large brands with regards to bishul akum?

How do big brands like Kraft and others produce kosher certified foods while avoiding bishul akum? Do these brands have Jews on staff to light fires/operate machinery at the food production plants? Is ...
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Does Bishul Akum follow the rules of the location of cooking or eating?

Although it is forbidden for a Jew to eat food cooked by a gentile (YD 113), there are some exceptions - notably, food that is regularly eaten raw (113:1), or food that is not fit to be served by a ...
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Are partially cooked foods subject to bishul/Pat akum

According to Halacha, are foods which are otherwise subject to bishul/pat akum laws (particularly if one is normally stringent with them) that are partially but not fully cooked by a gentile ...
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Hard boiled eggs cooked by a gentile [closed]

Are hard boiled eggs cooked by a gentile prohibited under the laws of Bishul Akum?
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Bishul akum for canned vegetable soup

According to Halacha, the general requirement for Bishul akum would be if the food is eaten cooked instead of raw, and is fit to be eaten at a king’s table. Would vegetable soup, which is eaten cooked,...
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Bishul akum on a dish whose ingredients are all eaten raw

Suppose you have a dish where each of its ingredients is commonly eaten raw, but the dish itself, when all ingredients are combined, is not eaten raw, and indeed would also be found on a king's table. ...
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Oleh Al Shulchan Melachim: Taking food from one country to another

The halacha is that Bishul Akum only applies to something which is Oleh Al Shulchan Melachim. The poskim (Aruch Hashulchan Y.D. 113, Chochmas Adam Klal 66) say that this is defined according to the ...
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Bishul Akum with Electricity

Someone mentioned to me that the opinion of Rav Benzion Abba Shaul ZTL was that there is no Bishul Akum with regards to any form of electric cooking such as ovens. Can anyone confirm if this is true?
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Cooking meat on Shabbat using Kinetic energy, or non-conventional ways

Putting all jokes (and Purim Torah) aside, a person successfully demonstrated cooking both steak and chicken using a machine that slaps the meat continuously (video here). Albeit they claimed it ...
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Is non-Jewish cleaning help allowed to prepare her own food in a kosher microwave?

Is a non-Jew allowed to prepare her own meals in a kosher kitchen, using kosher products, in the microwave or any plug in electric appliances i.e. waffle maker, panini maker, etc?
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Why is there no Gezeirah against a Jew sharing food with a non-Jew (similar to the idea of Bishul Akum)?

Halachipedia writes on the prohibition of food cooked by non-Jews (Bishul Akum) There are a number of reasons for this gezeirah. The opinion of Rashi is that chazal wanted to prevent socializing with ...
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Is it Bishul Akum if a gentile boils non potable water?

If a gentile boils non potable water (water that can't be consumed without being boiled), does such water have a status of Bishul Akum? Is water fit to be served by a King's table?
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Does Bishul Yisra'el have to be a "direct" lighting?

I understand that a Jew needs to light the flame prior to most foods being cooked. Does the lighting need to be "direct"? I.e. does a Jew need to light the flame on the stove or the oven, directly? ...
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Does Bishul Akum Apply To Half-Siblings

Speaking to a Rabbi recently he told me the rules of Bishul Aqum have more to do with preventing intermarriage than risk of non kosher ingredients being added to food without a Jew's knowledge. Let'...
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Is there any qualification required to obviate bishul akum?

In an effort to avoid the problem of bishul akum, a Jew should be a part of the cooking process. In order to be using "aish yisrael" a Jew must turn on a flame, add something to the fire, or have ...
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Does any Sefer / posek state clearly that the cooking of a Mechalel Shabbos is not considered bishul akum even lechatchila?

I know that there are a number of poskim who say that food cooked by a mechalel Shabbos befarhesia (one who desecrates Shabbos publicly)[who is not a tinok shenishba] is forbidden to eat like food ...
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Donald Trump's Hamburger

While visiting Japan, Donald Trump was served a hamburger at a lunch with the Japanese Prime Minister. (See here.) One of the halachos of bishul akum, the restriction of eating even kosher food which ...
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Bishul Akum - lo plug?

There is a dispute between the Mechaber who is stringent and the Rama who is lenient with regards to bishul akum and how much involvement of a Yisrael is necessary to wipe away the issur of bishul ...
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With what packaged foods is there a concern of bishul akum?

I have heard that foods fit for a king's table ("oleh al shulchan melachim") must be bishul yisroel; however, I am wondering to what extent this applies to packaged foods, if at all. Are any packaged ...
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Are potatoes considered a food that is fit for a king's table?

Are potatoes subject to the prohibition of בישול עכו״ם? Are they considered foods that are fit for a king's table? This story I found quite fascinating and I wonder if it has any bearing on this ...
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Can I order hard-boiled eggs baked in a oven used only for eggs. How about in a non-kosher kitchen?

Is one allowed to eat hard "baked" eggs (not boiled in a pot) from a non kosher juice bar that only serves juices and eggs. Their oven is only used for eggs, as they don't serve any other food.
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

What are the major kashrus/halachic issues with going to a non-kosher restaurant and ordering, say, [kosher fish] and vegetables; dressed with only extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; double-...
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Why should a kashrus certification agency change their standards?

Today I learned that the Oasis Mediterranean Foods company (located in Toledo, OH) has lost their hechsher on stuffed grape leaves. Formerly the entire product line was certified by Star-K, so I ...
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Reheating bishul Akum

Pardon me while I try to construct the right hypothetical: I was invited to a state dinner recently. I brushed off the tux and polished my shoes and called up to make sure that the administration had ...
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Bishul achar afiah in bishul akum

In Hilchos Shabbos there is a rule called bishul achar afia (the opinion of the R'eim, cited in Tur O.C. 318 and Shulchan Aruch 318:5 and brought as the minhag by the Rema) which means, basically, ...
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Ikar and Tafel in bishul akum?

If a non-Jew cooks a food in which there is a mixture of two foods, one of which satisfies a requirement to not be subject to bishul akum (let's say it is eaten raw), and one of which does not satisfy ...
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Eating bread/pastries from a non-Jewish baker

There are various commentaries that allow eating pat paltar, see here and here for a more extensive discussion. Going with the opinion that pat paltar is allowed what questions would one have to ask ...
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Bishul Akum and Scrambled Eggs

Does bishul akum apply to scrambled eggs? Maybe it's not oleh al shulkhan melekh. Looking for sources, preferably Sephardic.
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What's the heter for g'vinas akum?

In a comment elsewhere on the site, Curiouser writes: the heter for gevinas akum (based on Tosfos) was paskened l'masseh by R. Solovetichik, among others or, in other words, Rabbi Soloveitchik, ...
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What's the Bishul Akum heter for hard-boiled eggs?

I've seen prepackaged hard-boiled eggs in the grocery store with an OU. As eggs are relatively inedible raw, what is the heter vis-a-vis bishul akum for them? (Or are they having a Jewish mashgiach ...
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Microwave oven and goy (me) cooking [duplicate]

Is cooking kosher food by a Goy - in this case me (doing giyur) in a microwave oven making the oven unsuitable for use by a Jew? I asked one rabbi who said there is no halakhic issue. I live in a ...
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Bishul Yisroel requirements following the food item rather than its preparation

When I was in Yeshiva, it was often quoted that "some opinions" require Bishul Yisroel on any food item that has a form that is served "Al Shulchan Malachim". So, for example, potatoes would always ...
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Remote control lighting of stove?

In our home, the non-Jewish housekeeper has strict instructions that only a member of the family is permitted to turn on the stove or oven before she cooks. Not being a rabbi, my understanding is ...
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Burning hair without realizing it's meat?

The Tur writes (113) says that if a non-Jew cooked meat without intending to cook, the meat's kosher and there's no issue of bishul akum. An example that he gives is if a non-Jew singes the hair off ...
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Bishul Akum: State Dinners

How do we know precisely what foods fall under the "King's Table" exemption to the rule against Bishul Akum? It is obvious that foods like potato chips probably won't be served at a state dinner, and ...
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Is national-brand mozzarella under constant supervision?

Shulchan Aruch and Rama, Yore Dea 115:2, indicate that cheese made by a non-Jew can't be eaten unless a Jew saw it being made. Kraft, a national brand, now has some Ⓤ-certified reduced-fat ...
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How can elderly avoid the problem of bishul yisra'el when they live with a non-Jewish aid

One of my relatives lives at home and has a full-time non-Jewish aid that cooks her meals. My relative is on a strict diet so she cannot eat commercial pre-cooked food. The relative is immobile and ...
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Kashrut of Bread [duplicate]

Assuming bread was prepared and baked by a Gentile using only kosher ingredients (e.g. kosher flour, water and kosher yeast) and only kosher equipment, what conditions would render such bread fit for ...
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Is kosher food cooked by an irreligious Jew Bishul Akum?

Assuming that one can ascertain that food cooked by an irreligious Jew is kosher, is the food still prohibited due to Bishul Akum? Does this also apply in a case of need, such as one visiting an ...
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power went off Bishul Akum

If a Jew turned on a portable burner for a non Jew to cook pancakes and the switch for power went off,but the actual metal is hot enough to cook on without any power,if the non Jew turns it back on is ...
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Bishul Akum for Sefardim

There is a difference of opinion among sefardi and ashkenazi poskim regarding bishul akum. For ashkenazim it is enough if a Jew lights the oven and a non-Jew cooks the meat. For sefardim, a Jew must ...
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Does Bishul Akum require intent?

In this answer, @AdamSimon suggested that: Therefore, in our case (in which the power goes out on or before Shabbos and is subsequently restored during the course of Shabbos), provided that the ...
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Non-kosher, non-Jewish-run, Sushi Restaurants

Is the food served at a non-kosher, non-Jewish run sushi restaurant considered non-kosher because of the non-kosher-ness of the knives, the bishul akum of the rice, or both?
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Bishul Akum: now what?

What is the kashrus status of a pot if the food cooked in it was Kosher, but cooked by Non Jew? Is the pot kosher or not?
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Are there any national brands of tuna that are Bishul Yisroel?

Are there any national brands of tuna in the USA that are Bishul Yisroel?
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Bishul Akum Technology

Is there Bishul Akum when using a microwave, considering that it is not cooking as it was in the times of Chazal?
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What food product was the Birkei Yosef discussing when he said Bishul Akum didn't apply?

If my non-Jewish neighbor cooks some rice and brings it to my house, I'm not allowed to eat it because of Bishul Akum (even if I know his ingredients and equipment are 100% vegan and grape-free). Too ...
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How can I avoid Bishul Akum with a rice-cooker?

ASSUMING: I have a rice cooker here that's absolutely, certainly, never used for anything other than plain rice. The rice contains no flavorings, bugs, or anything else non-kosher. Rice is raw ...
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Must a flambé be ignited by a Jew to remain kosher?

Because of the halacha of Bishul Akum (or Bishul Yisrael, call it what you will), even if a food's ingredients are all kosher, it needs to have a Jew involved in the cooking process for it to be ...
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