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After eating parve food cooked in a meat pot, and before eating dairy — must you bentsch?

First, you ate some bread. Next, you ate some pareve chili which was cooked in a meat pot. You haven't said the Blessing after Meals yet. Now you'd like to eat some dairy food. A.) Must you say Grace ...
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Why must challah be tamai when it is burned?

A Star-K discussion of challah states: If one bakes without using any water, but rather bakes using only fruit juice or vegetable oil, a bracha is not recited and one cannot burn the Challah. Due to ...
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Is there any halachic basis for "dairy out"?

In my community it's somewhat common for families kashrut observance to be "dairy out", where (as I understand it) they'll eat vegan/vegetarian/dairy food at restaurants without rabbinic ...
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What is the proper beracha for a mandarin chicken salad?

According to Halacha, what is the proper beracha to recite on a mandarin chicken salad? Is it Shehakol, Ha'etz, Ha’adamah, or something else?
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Beracha on chocolate covered raisins [duplicate]

According to Halacha what is the proper beracha on chocolate covered raisins? Is it shehakol, haetz, or something else?
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Must one remove one's chewing gum at shkia of Shabbat day?

Halacha requires not eating after shkia (sunset) on Shabbat day, in order to prevent one from missing havdala (SA OC 299:1 - exception being if one has washed before shkia, one may continue one's meal,...
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Do frozen fries need a hechsher

According to Halacha, does a bag of frozen fries from a non Jewish store need a Hechsher? Or no, is it kosher without one?
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Can you taste-test multiple brands of matzah, even if your custom is not to eat matzah before Passover begins?

There is a common practice not to eat matzah preceding Pesach, either on erev Pesach or in the weeks before. The reason for this is so that matzah will be eaten on the Seder night with gusto. Faced ...
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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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May sick Jews eat before Davening shacharit

According to Halacha is it permissible for sick Jews to eat before shacharit? Or is it prohibited just like it is normally?
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Is rotten food mutzkeh on Shabbat or can it be removed

According to Halacha is rotten food considered muktzeh on Shabbat? Is there any heter for throwing out rotten food on Shabbat for smell or other inconveniences?
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Is it okay to sometimes eat junk food?

I've seen my Rabbi serve candy and chemically-laden food to his children. Why don't they follow the Rambam (Maimonides) and his diet? Does oneg Shabbos (Shabbos candy party) override the importance of ...
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What is the proper beracha on granola bars

According to Halacha what is the proper beracha to be made on granola bars? Is it mezonot or maybe something else? Is this question a machloket amongst the poskim?
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Is food which a child slept over forbidden

The Halacha prohibits sleeping over food due to ruah rah. Some poskim rule this doesn’t apply if a gentile sleeps over it. My question is, does this also apply if the person who sleeps over it is a ...
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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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Is there an order of priority for washing Mayim Achronim

In Halacha, is there an order of priority for who gets to wash Mayim Achronim first or last? So say multiple people are eating together, and one is a Kohen or Levi or Talmid Chacham or your parent, ...
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Does the Torah specify which foods are recommended for weight loss?

We know that kosher foods are good for spiritual health, but does the Torah discuss which foods are good for our physical health (especially for weight loss)?
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Ripping letters on food package on Shabbos

I was told many poskim including R. Moshe permit cutting through letters in a destructive manner for the purpose of getting food. Where is the teshuva by Rav Moshe found? Who are the others that agree ...
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What are the requirements for an outdoor zimun

Inspired by this question about an outdoor minyan, I am curious, what are the requirements for counting Jews in an outdoor zimun? Say three Jews who otherwise would qualify in a zimun ate together ...
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May fried dough be used for Lechem Mishneh?

May fried dough be used for the Lechem Mishneh (double loaves of bread) of Shabbat? Or is there any requirement for it being baked? If being baked is not an inherent requirement, is it still preferred ...
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Opening chips bags on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to open a bag of potato chips on Shabbat? Does it depend on whether it is a small one time bag or a family sized bag? If not, which melacha would it fall into?
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What defines “disgusting food” in Halacha

According to Halacha, one is prohibited from eating “disgusting” foods in a prohibition known as Bal Teshaktzu. My question is, how does Halacha define disgusting food? What are the criteria that ...
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What does the maid's ration consist of?

In Eshet Chayil (“Woman of Valor”) that is sung on Friday nights is the phrase, "gives food to her household and a ration to her maids". From the wording, I take it that the maid's ration ...
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If Leafy Plants/Herbs are Spiritually Inferior Foods, is it Desirable to Choose to Eat Seeds & Fruits instead?

Genesis 1:29: וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כׇּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כׇל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כׇּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בּ֥וֹ פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה ...
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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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Is there any interest in eating a baked donut on Chanuka?

A person who for health reasons avoids eating fried foods. Can he make the minhag (custom) to eat a donut baked in the oven without oil on Chanuka? ​
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Chesed and food - healthy or tasty?

When a person prepares food for someone else, as an act of chesed, should they prioritise making the food healthy, or tasty? In case someone wants to make the case that they are not mutually ...
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Can kashrus be judged by ingredients lists?

I was googling hechsherim and ended up on oheltorah.com. It seems to contain a forum of people posting ingredient lists for products and admins judging whether or not the given product was kosher, for ...
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Eating reduces spritual sensitivity and Yitzchak Avinu wanting a meal before giving his berachot - contradiction?

There is a principle in mussar that overeating desensitises/spoils our mood for learning and davening with kavana (see Hachsharat HaAvrechim ch.9 for example). E.g. if one is very into one's learning, ...
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Is wheat bad for animals?

Rashi on Bava Metzia 90a D"H UMatrezes (a few lines from the bottom) says that if an ox has a certain stomach disease, wheat worsens the ox's condition. However, the Gemara says on Bava Kamma 20a ...
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Suggestion to help rid one's physical desire for food

What guides are there available in the corpus of Torah, including all Rabbinic writings, on ridding oneself of specifically the desire for food? Context/Reason for asking: It is a common theme in ...
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When/where/how did weekly "kiddush" become the norm? [duplicate]

At the typical American synagogue -- and most in Europe as well, at this point I think -- it's expected that after the Shabbos morning prayers, there will be "kiddush", but people don't sit ...
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Apparent contradiction in the Rosh Hashanah menu/diet

On the one hand, on Rosh Hashanah we don’t eat sour/bitter foods, on the other hand we eat foods that have a negative connotation (see Orach Chaim 583:1) and apply them to our enemies - so why can’t ...
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Slicing up a cake with a verse written on it

Is it allowed to write a verse on a cake or slice such cake up? In your answer please bring sources!
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What kinds of vegetables did Adam eat in the Garden?

In Bereshit 1:29-30, Adam is told that vegetables were allocated for him to eat for food. However, is there any information as to what vegetables Adam was permitted to eat, specifically whether Adam ...
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Remembering Queen Esther on Pesach

I came across this in the kitzur, about having a special food item on Pesach to remind us about the meals Queen Esther made. On the second day of Pesach, you should add an extra dish to the meal to ...
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Honeysuckle Flower

Are they primarily for fragrant smell or for kids to taste the nectar? Do any of the Brochos Books discuss the honeysuckle for blessings for fragrance or for eating?
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May one use rice paper on Shabbos?

May one use rice paper on Shabbos? Rice paper is made by mixing the water and starch left over from cooking rice with tapioca starch and other ingredients and then spread into a thin layer which is ...
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Does an unnecessary blessing still count as a valid blessing?

If someone accidentally recited a blessing unnecessarily, e.g. he made a Berachah on a secondary ingredient for which he shouldn’t have, being that he already recited the Berachah for the main ...
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Is chicken generally kosher?

Is chicken generally kosher at the average grocery store? I don’t eat beef much but enjoy chicken a lot and wonder if it’s generally kosher
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Is eating a BeanBoozled jelly bean bal tishaktzu?

The Shulchan Aruch YD (116:6) writes: אסור לאכול מאכלים ומשקים שנפשו של אדם קצה בהם כגון משקים ואוכלים שנתערבו בהם קיא או צואה וליחה סרוחה וכיוצא בהם וכן אסור לאכול ולשתות בכלים הצואים שנפשו של אדם ...
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Are kidneys kosher? If not, why so?

Can someone please explain why it is what we often see intestines and liver used in kosher foods, but not kidneys? Regarding the position of the organs, from what I can see in anatomy, the intestines ...
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Meaning of Sotah 48b - '...irons chariots ceased...'

Sotah 48b states as follows: 'Rabbi Ami says: From the time when the First Temple was destroyed, shiny [peranda] silk [shira] and white glass ceased to exist. This is also taught in a baraita: From ...
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Does food become nonkosher when it is touched by someone who didn't do negal vassar?

I've heard that there is a concept of ruach ra on one's hands before doing negal vassar and that a person shouldn't touch food. What if they did though? Can they and other people eat it?
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Genesis 32:33 a law or a custom?

It is mentioned in The Tanach that Jacob fought with an angel who could not beat him. At the end of the fight, the angel strikes a nerve in Jacob's leg, causing him to limp. The verse then states: &...
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Non-Jews' obligation to make berachot over food

Are non-Jews themselves required to recite berachot before and after eating? According to this for e.g., one is obligated to insist that guests and anyone one gives food to should make a beracha over ...
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What is chiltis?

Something "sharp" for the purpose of reawakening taste in vessels which are "eino ben yomo" (ones that haven't been used for 24 hours), is a subject of dispute. According to the ...
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Resources on learning blessings on food

I would love to start saying brachos (blessings) before and after food. What resources would you recommend for learning the blessings, and for knowing which ones to select in what order? (Yes, “ask ...
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is using services like Grub hub Kosher?

Is Doordash, UberEats, and Grubhub permitted? What happens if the food is kosher but the delivery driver is not Jewish? Perhaps he is carrying pocket ham?
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Eating Ginger instead of Garlic in Shabbat Evening

There is a practice to eat garlic on Shabbat Evening, as mentioned in the Gemara (Baba Kama 82:1) :  בגמ' בב"ק (פב.): "עשרה תקנות תיקן עזרא... ואוכלין שום בערב שבת" One of the reasons ...
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