Questions tagged [kashrut-kosher]

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

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Kosher New World Animals

When Jews first set foot on new-to-them continents (AKA: North America, South America, and Australia), they would have found many animals that were previously unknown to them. Some of these new ...
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When can kashrut certification be withheld?

In today's news (11 Dec 2018): "Rabbis from the Vaad HaRabanim of Flatbush, which grants kosher certification, threatened to pull their supervision of the Garden of Eat In and Orchidea if [a certain]...
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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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Is AquAdvantage salmon kosher?

After two decades of deliberation, the USA's Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ever genetically engineered food animal, a fast-growing Atlantic Salmon called AquAdvantage salmon. ...
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What does having a Mehudar Etrog and Lulav mean over just having a kosher set?

I often hear the word 'Mehudar' used during this time of year to refer to special Lulav-and-Etrog sets. What does Mehudar mean?
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Pregnant animals and kashrut

If an animal is pregnant and you slaughter it, what is the status of the fetus? Does the stage of development matter like in regards to eggs?
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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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Could a Ben Pekuah make all cattle not eligible for Shechitah?

According to the Simlah Chadashah, the definitive work on Shechitah, a Ben Pekuah does not need Shechitah on a Torah level however the child of a Ben Pekuah and regular animal would not be eligible ...
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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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What Issues Exist with the Tablet K Hecksher?

The Tablet-K hechsher is quite common on products in US supermarkets - especially cheeses. There seems to be a strong sentiment that it is not an acceptable hechsher, but I've heard no halachik ...
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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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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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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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Chap stick Flavored Kashrut [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: kashrus of mouthwash, toothpaste, lip balm What's the Kashrus status of the flavored Chapsticks? Are they allowed or not?
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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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Looking for hechshered plain kefir Kosher for Passover

Does anyone know of hechshered plain kefir gluten free no additives Kosher for Passover? Kefir is a fermented milk product (cow, goat or sheep milk) that tastes like a drinkable yogurt. Kefir ...
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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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Alcohol sales despite government monopoly

Many places have government imposed alcohol monopolies and private retailers of alcoholic beverages are forbidden. As alcohol, especially (red) wine, has a central place in Jewish practice and as ...
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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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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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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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Non Jews and human flesh

There is a prohibition against a Jew eating human flesh. There is a dispute if it is a biblical or rabbinic prohibition (see here, here and here). Either way, I'm wondering if a non jew has the same ...
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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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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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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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Checking strawberries with a magnifying glass

Most resources mention some type of process of rinsing with detergent etc. Can I just use a magnifying glass in order to see a potential bug? Also, why do the resources say to use soap or detergent.....
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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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Does double wrapping food work for non-kosher food?

I have read several articles stating that one may double wrap food and place it into a non-kosher oven. I haven't read anything regarding the "opposite situation". Lets say one has verified that an ...
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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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In light of modern science, why is bee honey still kosher?

My understanding of why bee honey is kosher is because the talmud says that the honey is not a by-product of the bees. They simply store the nectar in their body to transfer it and then expel it, ...
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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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Explanation of מיגו דהאי לאו דאיסורא הוא דהאי נמי לאו איסורא הוא

The Shulchan Aruch in Y.D. 110:7 writes (based on Zevachim 74a and 77b, as explained by Rashi): דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ בָּטֵל מֵחֲמַת חֲשִׁיבוּתוֹ, כְּגוֹן בַּעֲלֵי חַיִּים וּבְרִיָּה, וַחֲתִיכָה ...
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What is the basis for eating in someone's house without a kashrut certificate?

No one asks for a kashrut certificate to eat in someone's house; they just make a rough judgement based on the host's reputation (the way they dress or behave, the circles they move in, etc.). That ...
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Rav Moshe Feinstein and chodosh in the Diaspora

I'm searching for some clarification regarding what Rav Moshe Feinstein, z"l, held with regard to chodosh in chutz la'aretz. My father-in-law recently attended a lecture of a student of Rav Reuven ...
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Are Uncertified Lotus Biscoff Cookies Kosher

According to the company website: Lotus Biscoff Products are not Kosher certified. From Kosher.com: Note: Biscoff brand products, including Lotus Cookies, that are made in Belgium and are ...
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Who certifies the hechsher magen David with a K replacing the right side?

This symbol appears on Trader Joe's Organic Tahini. I have searched in a lot places, but cannot find it. The product is made in Greece. Anyone know who gives this hechsher and if it is reliable?
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Poskim who hold chalita is necessary?

Are there any famous rishonim or achronim (outside of Yemen & besides the Rambam) who hold doing chalita to meat is necessary?
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Are sea sponges kosher?

The sea sponge is scientifically classified as an animal (kingdom Animalia), therefore maybe it would be considered unkosher, as seafood. On the other hand, its phylum Porifera is distinct and ...
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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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How can you get hot kosher food on campus?

So you're living in a college/university town with no kosher restaurants. How can you get hot kosher food?
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Can one eat together two salads with onions (charif) cut with different knives?

Two salads have been prepared and both have raw onions. One salad was prepared with meaty utensils and the other prepared with dairy utensils. The onions were chopped with their respective knives. All ...
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Is being vegan “kosher”?

Is being a vegan completely okay according to halacha? Even if a vegan is not eating anything traif (non-kosher), perhaps it's not truly correct because you are not following the commandments to ...
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Is a hashgacha required for freshly squeezed orange juice?

Does freshly squeezed orange juice require a hashgacha? (ex: the freshly squeezed orange juice at Whole Foods)
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Under what conditions is baking powder kosher [closed]

I'm a Jew from Iran. I want to know if baking powder is kosher without any certificate since they don't exist in Iran. Generally baking powder include TARTARIC ACID.
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Is swordfish Kosher?

What's the deal with swordfish? Is it Kosher? Which sources say yes, and which sources say no? EDIT: I know that R' Dr. Moshe D. Tendler is well known for having consulted with scientists (in 1951) ...
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In modern Judaism, do they still make Menorah Stamps for the purpose of Marking Kosher Bread?

I just found this article, and I thought it was cool: https://www.livescience.com/17821-kosher-bread-stamp-discovered.html. The link says that during the Byzantine Era in Horbat Uza, Jewish bakers of ...
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Why is there a prohibition of gevinat aku"m?

I vaguely recall that Talmud Avodah Zarah mentions a prohibition of eating gevinat akum - cheese manufactured by an idol worshipper (as I understand this definition.) If there already was a ...
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Unsupervised milk - there was a treife animal in the herd

I heard in a recent shiur that Dayan Weiss zatzal paskened that an animal that delivered its young via caesarean section is considered a treife. Therefore its milk cannot be drunk. When supervising ...