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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 chips on Shabbat? Does it depend on if it is a small one time bag vs 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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If you wash blood off your hands (literally), can you eat with your hands immediately thereafter? [closed]

I heard before that if someone washes blood off a service, forensics experts can still determine if blood was there (I think using luminol?). This got me thinking: If the experts' ability to detect ...
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Why is there a Minhag not to eat sesame in Erev Yom Kippur?

I found sources that say that there is a Minhag not to eat sesame in Erev Yom Kippur, since it is considered as a heavy food and might disturb the dawening in Yom Kippur. I would like to understand ...
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Can I have a cup of water to clean my teeth and to wash down my food after eating, without a Bracha?

Is this like using water to take a pill or is this considered drinking the water?
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Is making etrog jelly an acceptable use for an etrog?

I recall reading that when one is done with his lulav, he should save it and use it for another mitzvah (such burning chameitz) because once something has been used for a mitzvah it should be used for ...
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If bagels are an Ashkenazi Jewish food, why didn't it reach South America with it's Jewish immigration? [closed]

I've been to the US lately and discovered bagels, to find out later that it's considered a typical Jewish food. I'm Ashkenazi myself and I've been living in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires my ...
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What would be the Bracha Rishona for a certain blended combination of foods?

According to Ashkenazim: What would be the Bracha Rishona for a mixture of pureed pumpkin, applesauce and cinnamon? It is a smooth puree (no chunks or identifiable bits). The pumpkin and applesauce ...
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Can Jews Eat Hybrid Foods?

Are Jews allowed to eat crops and animals that have been hybridized? Whether crossbred themselves or by a non-native?
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Eating minneola’s kosher?

The mixing of certain seeds isn’t allowed, does this also mean that fruits like minneola’s which are a mixture of grapefruits and tangarines aren’t kosher?
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Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

I am a Christian who is researching how other religions influenced Christianity throughout its history. Having found that some of my fellow believers in the Hebrew Roots movement hold the belief that ...
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Does using kidney beans in cholent run a risk of toxicity [closed]

I've seen various sources on the internet discuss the toxicity of raw kidney beans and how slow cooking is not sufficient or could even be counter productive. (See https://www.fda.gov/media/83271/...
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Mevushal kol tzorko - what is it for meat?

We poskin (OH 318(4)) that the law of cooking on Shabbos continues until solid food passes מאכל בן דרוסאי, and reaches מבושל כל צרכו - "completely cooked". What does "completely cooked&...
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Can one consume a triboluminescent food-substance on Shabbos?

May one consume a food exhibiting triboluminescence on Shabbos? Triboluminescence is where light is created from a material being crushed, rubbed, or ripped apart. When foods are infused with very low ...
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When was kosher certification created? [duplicate]

When was kosher certification created? Another way of saying this question was when did the Rabbis say that it was appropriate to have a governing body (such as the OU, Star-K etc...) which oversees ...
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Is it forbidden to boil an animal alive?

Is it forbidden to boil a living animal and then take its meat for consumption? Does the Torah or another source address the concept of boiling living animals?
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Why aren't chia seeds considered to be kitniyot?

According to the OU, plain unground chia seeds are not kitniyot. Given that they're almost indistinguishable from poppy seeds, which are considered to be kitniyot, I'm puzzled as to why not.
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Is the consumption of bone marrow forbidden?

Is eating bone marrow the same as eating blood? Do any sources address this issue? Though not the only source I'm interested in, I'd prefer references to the Tanakh, if possible.
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