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Can there be food during the Chuppah?

I was wondering if there a prohibition to have food during the Chuppah? A friend told me he thinks it's not allowed. I wanted to have something cute and small that is meaning full to us that everyone ...
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Why isn't “Borei Minei Mezonot” the “general bracha”?

From Talmud Brachot 40a, we learn that if one accidentally said "Shehakol" as the before blessing instead of a food's proper blessing, this is fine, and he doesn't need to repeat the correct blessing. ...
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Does flossing make me fleishig? [duplicate]

If a person ate meat and after 6 hours (or whatever that person's custom is) she then flosses and finds minute traces of food on the floss is she considered to once again to 'be fleishig' ie need to ...
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How is wine; a fermented beverage, permitted on Passover?

As any of you who have made wine (or other alcoholic drinks) know, yeast is essential in the fermentation of alcoholic beverage. So how can we drink wine on Pesach, more than this it's an essential ...
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Metal on Foods at Time of Tekufa

The Kitzur writes (33:8) that at the time of the tekufa, one should place a piece of metal on all non-cooked, non-pickled, or non-salted, food and drink. I know that this is not followed nowadays, but ...
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Is cooking any grain in under 18 minutes kosher for Passover?

As a Ashkenazi conservative Jew, we follow most of the laws of Passover. I know there. Jewfaq states that Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and ...
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Is there a preferred charoset form?

I've seen charoset made like a paste and others made with loose, visible pieces of apples and nuts. Is there any halachic preference to either form?
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Is nosein ta'am lifegam mutar only bedieved or even lechatchilah? [duplicate]

If a food is hot enough, it can give off its taste into the utensil it is touching. This is called bli'os. If these bli'os are less than 24 hours old, they are called nosein ta'am leshevach, and ...
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Why can you buy dry fruit from an Am Ha'aretz?

Explanation of the following Mishnah is according to the Bartenura, Rambam, Kehati, and Tiferes Yisrael. The Mishnah in Demai (2:3) discusses the requirements of a Chaveir (one careful regarding ...
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Maris ayin and kosher certification

What reasoning is used by mainstream kosher certification agencies to certify food items containing only kosher ingredients but packaged and/or designed to look and/or taste non-kosher. For example, ...
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Does one make a blessing on the scent of tea bags?

When I open a new box of tea bags, especially one that was sealed before I opened, I enjoy smelling the strong smell of the tea and/or various herbs that are in there. Does this require a birkas ...
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What degree of confidence must a Jew have in the Kosher status of a given meal before eating it?

Let's say a Jew travels on a long transatlantic flight. There are no food options except the on-board menu and non of them are kosher-certified. In this situation is it okay to choose a safer option (...
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looking for a cholov yisrael product

Where can I find cholov yisrael evaporated milk, not powdered milk nor condensed, in the central NJ area? I have been unable to locate any.
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Are Skittles Kosher?

Skittles are a fruit-flavored candy that has been seen with hechshers in various areas. My question is, are Skittles kosher even if they do not hold a hechsher on the package? They are gelatin free. ...
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Is Dr. Pepper Kosher?

Is Dr. Pepper, a soft-drink with particular popularity in Texas, kosher? What about the vintage version that is sweetened with sugar as opposed to artificial sweeteners? There is no hechsher on the ...
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Eating and Needing the Bathroom

Is one allowed to eat if he needs to use the bathroom? Does it make a difference if he made a Bracha yet?
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are pig bones (and feather from non-kosher animals, human hair, human dried-bones, etc.) kosher?

i was always told that inedible things are kosher (from the verse of sending the nivaila to the ger (bais yosef yd 103.1 מדכתיב לא תאכלו כל נבלה לגר אשר בשעריך תתננה ואכלה נבלה הראויה לגר קרויה נבלה ...
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Is a Muslim allowed to touch a food item for purchase in a kosher bakery?

Suppose I enter a kosher bakery and want to purchase some food item from the shelves. Can I pick that thing up by my hands for purchase? My reason is that the laws of Kashrut are very very strict, ...
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Dream - Eating matzah [closed]

Does anyone know what it means if you dream about eating matzah? My Shabbat dream this afternoon was that my sister and I were eating matzah. We each took a piece. Thank you.
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Why can we do some melachos for eating on Shabbos but not others?

I learned that certain melachos are permissible on Shabbos in the course of eating or for the purposes of eating. For example, the question of borer in light of "derech achilah"/"derech melacha" is ...
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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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What is the correct bracha for those Israeli aloe drinks?

I'm talking about the delicious drinks like PurAloe that contain liquid and numerous chewable bubbles of pulp. You really have to and do chew the bubbles. So is it possible that one should follow the ...
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Could vomit be meaty or milky?

Despite the probable prohibition of eating vomit (see this related question), would it take on the status of its prior-eaten state i.e. milky, meaty or non-kosher (for mixes of milky and meaty)?
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Waiting times after fleishig based on amount?

On the tzad that you wait one hour, it's based on the time it takes for food to begin digestion. Is there a difference between whether one has just a little bit of meat, which takes shorter to break ...
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Are dik-diks kosher animals?

Recently I got an amazing opportunity to travel to South Africa. When there I'll be staying with a local tribe. One of the animals we're likely to encounter is a dik-dik, and I'm wondering if a dik-...
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Buying food from non-Shomer-Shabbos restaurants and stores

Is buying food from non-Shomer-Shabbos restaurants and stores disallowed? On what grounds? What is the level of prohibition? Are there any exceptions? (Might it apply less, perhaps, to certain foods, ...
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A&H kishke - yoshon?

Does anyone happen to know if Abeles and Heymann frozen kishke is yoshon? (It does not appear to be mentioned at all in Y. Herman's Guide to Chodosh.) (Alternatively, does anyone know of a decent, ...
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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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Does birkat hamazon cover dessert (and other items requiring a separate bracha rishona during the meal)?

During a bread-based meal, but before bentching (i.e. reciting birkat hamazon), I eat something (e.g. fruit, dessert, etc.) that traditionally requires a separate bracha rishona. Must I say a ...
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What is technically required for shalosh seudas?

To meet the minimum halachic requirements for the mitzvah of shalosh seudas on Shabbos or Yom Tov, must you have: (1) Bread? (I see discussion of lechem mishneh here. Must a k'zayis be eaten by each ...
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Do fresh noodles need a hashgacha?

I saw this video earlier today and it got me thinking: nothing in the recipe for fresh ramen noodles (as opposed to instant ramen) requires a hechsher on its own, as the ingredients are: flour, water, ...
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Pizza Delivered on Shabbos

The scenario is as follows: Suppose there is a kosher pizzeria that is run by Jews on weekdays, but on Shabbos it is run by a third party who are goyim, in order that the shop can stay open on ...
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Is Beef-Fry Mar'it 'Ayin?

The term "beef-fry" is used by my local kosher butcher for brisket which has been cured to resemble bacon both in appearance and (apparently) flavour. Taking this into account, due to its apparent ...
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Bracha: Dried tomato Wraps

What Bracha do you make on a "dried tomato wrap"? It's a ready made wrap and the ingredients just say dried tomato wrap in addition to the fillers, vegetables and some mayonnaise.
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Why isn't this a violation of the halachos of nat bar nat?

This page, discussing nat bar nat (“Nosein Ta’am Bar Nosein Ta’am”--"that which gives taste is the son of that which gives taste"--a halachic concept addressing the transfer of taste from foods to ...
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How are “disgusting/repellent” foods determined/defined nowadays?

After reading the answers to this and also this question which list sources describing forbidden foods as ones being "revolting/repellent" to most people, I was left wondering how these forbidden ...
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What's with the plain-“K” hechsher?

I had taken for granted that packaged foods marked with just "K" are not necessarily kosher--that is, that "K" is not a real hechsher--because the company prints that symbol itself, and it does not ...
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Why are some cheeses not kosher?

Why are certain cheeses not kosher and some are kosher? From the ingredients on the label it contains no non-kosher products or ingredients in it.
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May one soak bulgur wheat on Shabbat?

One method to make tabouleh, is to soak bulgur wheat in water. The method is to pur an amount of bulgur into a bowl, cover it with water and have it soak in the fridge for about 30 mins. until the ...
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Bracha covering something retroactively

If I made a bracha on some of the items of food that were in front of me, then realized that this bracha also applies to another of the foods in front of me, do I need to make a new bracha? If not ...
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Is there a bracha achrona called “Al Ha'Adama”?

This Web page alludes (at Footnote 2) to a discussion of the possibility that the correct bracha after raw grain is "Al HaAdama": Tosfot 37a D"H HaKoses has a doubt that perhaps the Bracha ...
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Do you have to check bagged lettuce with a hechsher?

I am aware of this question and of the CRC's lenient policy on lettuce without a hechsher. However, everywhere I've been, it is assumed that one needs to check (pre-washed, even triple-washed) bagged ...
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Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat products marked “K-DE”?

Some hechshers have the designation "DE" for "Dairy Equipment." Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat food with this designation? (I am mostly talking about the minority who consider [American] cholov ...
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Japanese Ritz crackers and OU certification

In Japan there are some food products that are identical to American brands but with Japanese packaging. For example, here is the Japanese box for Ritz crackers: Ritz are certified kosher in America (...
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Do any modern day halachic authorities permit salting vegetables?

I understand from Rabbi Ribbiat's 39 Melachos book that salting many kinds of vegetables including lettuce on Shabbos is a violation of a rabbinic ordinance related to curing/tanning/m'abaid. I ...
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Why eat Saffron on Shavuos?

The Aruch HaShulchan in OC 494:5 seen here mentions a minhag to put saffron in the food on Shavuos due to the fact that has a pleasant smell which alludes to the passuk in Shir HaShirim לריח שמניך ...
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Eating With Gentiles

In the Christian scriptures, Acts 10:28 portrays association between Jews and Gentiles as being unlawful while Acts 11:3 portrays criticism for a Jew eating with the uncircumcised. Is there a ...
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Al ha-eitz for flavorings/garnishes

Let's say I eat a salad that has a few pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. Do I make al Ha-eitz afterward? Do I then make borei n'fashos, or does the al ha-eitz cover the whole salad? What if it's ...
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What does the term “glatt kosher” mean, today?

A mashgiach explained to me that the term "glatt kosher" means that the lungs of cattle and sheep (the 2 main kosher animals sold in U.S.) are smooth and do not have air pockets. I hope that I have ...
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Can a Jew follow another religion's dietary laws?

Suppose another religion has dietary laws that overlap with those of Judaism. For example, Zoroastrianism prohibits eating all land animals and prohibits eating various kinds of fish and other sea ...