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Kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus, כשרות or כַּשְׁרוּת) is the set of Jewish dietary laws.

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Pikuach nefesh and matzoh shopping

Apropos of this viral post: https://twitter.com/Dr_Ophelian/status/1247386646317633536. My understanding is that the principle of pikuach nefesh is not applied like this, but I am not certain why. ...
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Are American Paskesz Products Yoshon?

Are American Paskesz grain products, such as Mini Trios Bites, yoshon year round? Is there a way to determine from, e.g., a package code if/when they are yoshon? (Paskesz cookies under Rav Westheim ...
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Eating with a plate that had non-kosher food on it at one point in the past [closed]

In light of this quarantine, If someone is spending shabbat at non-observant relatives and the house is not kosher. If the person runs out of paper plates, would he be able to eat from a glass plate ...
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How does one kasher fabric without a washing machine?

Most websites say fabric can be kashered by putting it in a washing machine set to 'hot'. How would would one without a washing machine kasher fabrics? By Hagalah, washing with yad soledes bo water or ...
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Waiting 24 hours to Kasher [closed]

When someone kashers a utensil, a 24 hour waiting period is required. Is the 24 hour wait after the last use or after it is washed?
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Granite and Kashrus

What is the status of granite: year-round vs pesach in regards to Kashrus. Granite for Pesach is kashered by pouring boiling water over it. Year round, what is the status of granite, can granite be ...
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In the middle of cooking, someone realises the pot they are using was previously used for non kosher food

If someone accidentally starts to cook kosher food in a pot that was used to cook non-kosher food, but the pot wasn't used in 24 hours, may the person let the food finish cooking?
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Nullification of non-kosher utensils or dishes

If an unidentifiable non kosher utensil or vessel gets mixed up with kosher vessels, if the majority of vessels are kosher, it is nullified. [1] If someone makes this mistake a million times, are all ...
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Can a glass stovetop be used for both meat and milk?

Is it permissible to use a glass stovetop for both meat and milk? Or is it forbidden? A OK article says that one should not use a glass stove top for meat and milk, however rabbikaganoff Is My Stove ...
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Milk utensil found in meat cabinet [closed]

Say one has 2 cabinets, one for meat, one for milk, and found, for example, a milk knife in the meat cabinet and are uncertain as to how it got there. Say they are uncertain as to if it was washed in ...
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Are there levels of treif

Leniencies aside, are there levels of treif? For example: In case of need is it better to eat chicken road kill than rabbit road kill? In case of need, is it better to eat cheeseburger than bread on ...
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Pesach take out in Jerusalem

Is there a list of Pesach take out stores or private people that offer cooking for Pesach in the Jerusalem area with the Rabbinical Supervision they are supervised under?
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Grocery Store Kosher Section

I work for a 4 store chain of employee owned grocery stores in Northern California that feature small, shelf stable, kosher foods sections. In reviewing these sets in our stores I feel like they could ...
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Convert issues when visiting family (eating) [duplicate]

I’m wondering if converts or even just Jews visiting less religious family members or friends have special travel sets of dishes they use when they visit. Is this allowed under the kosher rules? I ...
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Is there a list of kosher duck species?

A while ago, I asked a mashgiach what type of duck is typically sold in the U.S. kosher market? He said mallards. My area has many mallards in nearby ponds. But, I also see teals and wood ducks as ...
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How is Isaiah 66:17 to be understood if pork will become kosher when the Messiah comes?

The Ritva, R. Yom Tov Asivelli (in the 13th century) wrote that pork will become kosher when the Messiah comes: (קידושין מט:) ועליהם אמרו בהגדה למה נקרא שמו חזיר שעתיד הקב"ה להחזירו לישראל לעתיד ...
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How can Imitation Crabmeat be kosher? [duplicate]

BH This is one that I still have a problem wrapping my head to understand how this is possible. I remember my rabbi teaching me Torah and Exodus 23 reads ... You shall not boil a kid in its ...
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Is there universal agreement that parve contents cooked in a milk pan are milky?

Is there universal agreement that parve contents cooked in a clean milky pan become milky, with no difference than if they were an actual milk dish? And similarly with meat. Do all opinions say that ...
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Are Double oven Kosher [closed]

I am planning on upgrading my kitchen but and I was wondering if a double oven could be kosher if 1 oven is just meat and one is just dairy.
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Is bee pollen kosher?

Other then having dubious reputation as nutritional supplement, is bee pollen kosher? I remember reading somewhere it may contain bee parts, but I can't find it now.
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What category are microorganisms considered in terms of kashrut? [duplicate]

Bacteria and are commonly placed into various foods and meds. Tap water contains microorganisms, typically. What category are these considered, and why do they not require kashrut? Are they considered ...
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Does the torah prohibit the consumption of Raw Meat for everyone?

Backstory I am a Noachide who started to experiment with a raw meat diet, after watching videos such as this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-cuT7q1dZ4 It has certainly peaked my interest, and ...
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How can something be kosher if it “may contain” milk, crustaceans, shellfish, etc.?

I noticed that this nutrition label: says that it is both Kosher and Pareve, but it also says "may contain … milk,… crustaceans, shellfish". How is that possible?
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What is the difference between non-kosher food and insects regarding “transference”?

My understanding of the "transference" of non-kosher status to a kosher item. If I cook a non-kosher piece of chicken in the same pot as a kosher piece of chicken, the kosher piece and the pot are ...
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Who is the underlined square k certification

I recently noticed that some Ronzoni pasta does not have the OU as in the past. Instead it has the underlined square k. Does anyone know which certifying agency this is?
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When is something that is consumed no longer impacted by the laws of kashrus?

Things which are not food or food which becomes unfit for a dog to eat are not subject to the laws of kashrus but what determines when something fits under those categories? For example many ...
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Is nonkosher taste OK?

If kosher food happens to sit in the presence of nonkosher food and thereby acquires some of its flavor, is it still kosher? (In general, it is not possible to completely shield food from surrounding ...
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Why is meat eating sanctioned by G-d if it's potentially bad for us? [duplicate]

In parsha Noach, G-d ALLOWS man to eat meat but there is no literal commandment to do so. Later, when the Mishkan and then ultimately the Beis Hamikdash are built, there are commandments for the ...
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If someone ate non-kosher meat willingly, but wasn’t aware that it contained forbidden blood/fat, are they “cut off”?

If one knowingly ate non-kosher beef, but didn’t think/realize that it could cause karet due to forbidden fats or blood, do they still get karet if these forbidden items were in fact in the meat?
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Informing someone that the food they are eating is permissible only b'deved(after the fact)

Does one need to inform someone that the food they are about to eat is permissible b'deved(after the fact)? Example 1: Some milk fell into the chulent and the Rabbi employed batel b'shishim and now ...
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Was the consumption of meat always kosher? [duplicate]

It seems that at first G-d commanded that people be vegetarians (Genesis 2:16). The permission to consume meat was not permitted until after the flood of Noah (Noach). The command reads that “Every ...
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Badatz and Mehadrin Kashrut

If something is marked Badatz Chatam Sofer or mehadrin, would it be considered Chalav Yisroel and Pas Yisroel?
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Is there kosher spreadable whiskey-infused preserves?

I am looking for spreadable whiskey that is kosher. I cannot find any sites, be it kosher certification sites or product sites, which even discuss kosher spreadable whiskey. From my search of the ...
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What makes a smart phone “kosher”?

I have to admit that my phone is far smarter than me, and I am not "with it". So, I was surprised when a neighbor who is sending his kid to Israel told me that her kid needs a special "kosher" smart ...
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How do i get my extended family to cooperate [closed]

Im in the process of converting (its going to be a while). Anyway I've been doing the best i can to cook kosher style food. Today i had lunch with my mom who decided she was going to feed my son ...
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Why aren't kosher marshmallows labelled OU Fish?

Worcestershire sauce is labelled "OU Fish", presumably so that people who don't know there are anchovies in the recipe will know not to put it on meat. Given that "OU Fish" is a thing that exists, ...
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Acquisition of meat/dairy status from contact with clean utensil [closed]

According to kashrut laws, if there is a container of cold, pareve food (such as a bag of flour or a jar of peanut butter), does using a clean dairy or meat utensil to scoop out some amount of the ...
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Dunkin Donuts MUFFINS - are they kosher?

Ok - everyone talks about donuts and whether they are kosher everywhere or not, etc. what about muffins? Those need some love too. All i want right now is a pumpkin muffin and the only nearby DD is ...
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Certified vs. Uncertified Costco Salmon

Salmon is generally considered by kashruth authorities to be distinctively identifiable as kosher from the appearance of the flesh. Nonetheless, I've noticed that the local Costco sells (side by side) ...
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Anomalous directive and obvious condition in Parashat Re’eh

Within Perek 14, passukim 3-21, discusses the dietary prohibitions and permissions. My first inquiry is the anomaly particularly found in Passuk 11. ״כל ציפור טהורה תאכלו״- “Every clean bird, you may ...
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The Secret of Nature Valley

What, if any, might be legitimate halachik concerns with uncertified Nature Valley granola bars? Their "Crunchy" line of products seems to be certified as OU pareve(?) However, many of their other ...
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Instant Pot Kosher Rules

I've been considering getting my Orthodox Jewish friend who's learning to cook an Instant Pot as a surprise gift, but I'm not myself Jewish, so I'm a little lost here. If I want my friend to be able ...
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Saying bracha on dairy product before 6 hours have run? [duplicate]

Is there an accepted practice on what you are supposed to do if you thought 6 hours had run and say a bracha on a glass of milk but then you realize right before drinking it that it has not been 6 ...
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According to Ibn Ezra should we not follow all the commandments?

In a question I asked (“Health benefits for eating kosher”), I wrote that ibn Ezra said that all the mitzvot have to have a rational explanation for them and if a single commandment went against ...
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Health benefits for eating kosher [duplicate]

What are some health benefits for a kosher diet? The Rambam and ibn Ezra said that all the mitzvahs has to have a rational explanation for them. Ibn Ezra said that if a single commandment went against ...
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Why is manna kosher?

We seem to not know what manna is, yet how do we determine it is kosher? I suppose this is the case because G-d deemed it so, but what do our sources say?
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Why does steam impart dairy or meat status onto a cover?

Steam is a separate category as aroma in hilchot Kashrus. The former, if hot, contacts a pot cover, that cover would take on the dairy or meat status of the food below it. However, when water is ...
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Is a signature on a stapled bag with the restaurant’s bill considered enough of a seal for meat? [closed]

If one were to order delivery and the bag were stapled with the restaurant’s official receipt stapled to the bag and there was also a signature (albeit somewhat illegible) along the opening of the bag,...
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Why is Bee Honey Kosher? [duplicate]

Honey is formed when a bee mixes enzymes in its own body with nectar from flowers to form honey. Since honey is thus a byproduct of a non-kosher animal, how could it be Kosher while for example, camel ...
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Gifting a kosher product one wouldn't eat or drink

Can a Jew give his Jewish friend a product which is kosher m'ikar hadin if the person giving it would not eat or drink it himself? The product could be e.g., kosher meat which is not glatt, scotch ...

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