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

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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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Hershey Park Kettle Corn kosher?

After a camp trip to Hershey Park, there was some confusion as to the kashrus of Kettle Corn Popcorn - it is apparently certified under the "Buggy K" by Rabbi Shaya Sackett, Rav of Degel Israel, an ...
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Ashkenazim drinking from the glass in non-kosher restaurants

Everyone I know does this, including the strictest. That is, if ordering a cold drink at a non-kosher restaurant or bar, they will have it in the glass the institution provides, not ask for it in a ...
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Precut fruit is kosher but not lemon?

I'm confused by what I'm reading here: Fresh fruits and vegetables grown in chutz la’aretz are kosher whether bought whole or cut. Therefore, you may purchase a fresh fruit salad in any ...
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Is saying a bracha over non-Kosher food a sin or does it simply not count as a Mitzvot?

This question may sound strange but it came up in a discussion with someone. They're a Baal Teshuva in progress and are attempting to adjust to the lifestyle. He's getting there but he's doing so in ...
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“seals” for fish

In Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah Siman 118 Sif 1 it says that wine, meat, and pieces fish (where the signs of the fish are no longer recognizable) that are sent using a non-Jew needs to have "shtei ...
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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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Are hydroponic produce typically checked for bugs?

I know that many soil-based fruits and veggies are checked for bugs. I assume that it may be primarily due to bugs that crawl on the ground or on the tree that causes this problem. Is hydroponic ...
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Can food or drinks be Kosher without an Hechsher? [duplicate]

Say i pick up a drink in a gas station and i know that all the ingredients are Kosher, can i drink it? Or do i have to be Concerned for Beliyos from the non-Kosher machinery (Perhaps they get batel ...
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Did David held kashrut when invited to a meal?

In relation to the following question If Jews don't eat cheeseburgers, why did Abraham serve a calf with milk? I wondered how one should interpret the verse of 2 Samuel 17:29 which states that David ...
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Why would the blue-footed booby be treif?

Why would the blue-footed booby be treif? I can't see anything that would make it not kosher, and the Torah does not mention it (obviously) in the list of forbidden birds in Vayikra 11:13-19.
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Why would muscovy duck be treif?

Wikipedia's article on R' Dr. Bernard (Yissochor Dov) Illowy cites this article, which says that "It’s the muscovy duck that’s highly controversial, due to its ban in America by the ascerbic Rabbi ...
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Why would a disposable plastic containers need a hechsher?

Why would a disposable plastic container, such as the one depicted above, need an O-U?
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How many species of fish don't have simonim when caught?

The Torah in two places (Sefer Vayikra Perek 11 & Sefer Devorim Perek 14) lists the two signs necessary for a sea creature to be eaten: It must have fins to swim with and scales on its body like ...
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does kashering require the vessel to be unused for 24 hours (ben yomo)?

If someone is going to be kashering via hagala or by libun does the cleaning of the items prior to kashering require the vessel or utensil also be left unused for 24 hours? If yes, why?
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May one order food from Amazon Prime after Pesach?

May one order chametz from a publically-traded company (Amazon) which may have had food pass through any number of distributers on the way? The service in question is Amazon Prime Pantry.
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2017 store lists for avoiding chametz she'avar alav hapesach

Are there any lists available online of stores/store chains that are/not of concern with regard to chametz she'avar alav hapesach for 2017 - particularly for the New York metropolitan area?
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Why does rennet need to come from a kosher animal?

Kosher cheese needs to be made using kosher rennet which either comes from a kosher animal or is vegetarian. Using rennet from a kosher animal is not an issue of בשר בחלב b/c the rennet is from an ...
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Halacha of cooking by non-religious Jews [duplicate]

This question is hypothetical. If there were a situation where a person lived with a family member (or family members, or a Jewish roommate, etc.) who does not believe in Judaism, but they typically ...
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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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Does dividing bulk Kosher items make them no longer Kosher?

Background: I am responsible for religious access in our jail. We have several Jewish inmates who are complaining that by opening the bulk Kosher powdered milk and dividing it into single servings, ...
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Would leavened bread made from matzo meal be kosher for Passover?

Flour which is wet for 18 or more minutes is considered to be "leavened", and therefore chametz. However, though there's some disagreement, this restriction is generally not applied to matzo, or food ...
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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 don't we worry about the transfer of taste with bugs?

I was told that if one finds a bug in food, one may simply take it out and continue eating. Why don't we have the usual concerns about blias/taamim/imparted taste with bugs?
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Rules for non-kosher kitchen

What are the rules for cooking in a non-kosher kitchen with kosher utensils (pots, cutlery, etc). Can a microwave be used if its contents are double-wrapped? Can the burners on a non-kosher oven ...
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Giving a ham as a present to a gentile

Is it permissible to give a gift of a ham to a gentile? This could be purchased online and sent directly to them.
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Is halal meat any better than other treif meat (of kosher species)?

I know that Islam has many of the same rules about meat that we do, though also some important differences (like that they allow some non-kosher species). I've heard that in towns where halal meat ...
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Why is meat only kosher if a Jew slaughters the animal?

According to this answer in the question "What is kosher meat?" it is said that a Jew has to slaughter an animal in order for its meat to become kosher: This is done by Jews who are experts trained ...
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forgetting about chometz in someone else's property

If one has property in non Jew's house for storage that is chometz and one pesach the owner forgot about this chometz. The nature of the storage being unpaid for and not even set aside in a specific ...
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Human cultured meat

I've read meat cultured from a kosher source is kosher too, though nobody seems to know whether that's meat or parve. I've also been told one can consume flesh from a dead person in an extreme ...
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Are there any grains that do not become chometz?

Are there any grains or grainlike produce (not kitnios) that cannot become chometz?
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Are Hops kosher for passover without certification?

Inspired by http://www.toastale.com/toast-ale-recipe/ my idea is instead of using bread to use matzah as the source of fermentable sugars. The ingredients for modern beer "usually" are malt, water, ...
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Wine made/handled by Bnei Noach

Inspired by this question. Is wine made or handled by a Ben Noach, a righteous non-Jew, kosher? There should be no problem with the wine being used for avodah zarah, since the Ben Noach believe in ...
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How is the process of irui done? [duplicate]

How is the process of irui done and is it done differently on different materials? If yes, how is it done on each of these materials?
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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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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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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 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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when is a kitchen kosher?

We are moving to a new community and we will be facing the following dilemma: If/when we get invited for a meal (Shabbos dinner, ... ) how do I determine if the house is kosher? When we started ...
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Dog food on Pesach

If a brand of dog food contains no grains, and none of the types of dog food produced by the company contain any grains how should it be approached in terms of kashrus for Passover? Do people have ...
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Does yeast require a hechsher?

While there are thousands of strains of yeast including many thousands not yet formally identified all yeasts are from the fungi kingdom and are included with other fungi such as mold and mushrooms. ...
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Are gentiles forbidden from consuming blood?

The seven noachide laws prohibit eating the limb of a live animal and spilling the blood of another human being. My impression was that kashrut dietary restrictions, i.e. consuming non-kosher animals, ...
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If something is Kosher and has no alcohol in it, is it suitable for Muslims? [closed]

Muslims can eat anything that Has no alcohol in it Has no pork in it Has been slaughtered by A person who is Christian or Jewish or it's fish or it's not meat My wife often brings home Kosher raw ...
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Is milk from germany considered Cholov Stam? [duplicate]

Shalom guys! I'm writing this to ask if milk imported from Germany is considered Cholov Stam. Particularly that milk sold on Aldi stores. Reason I'm asking is because you almost don't find Kosher ...
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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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Can Microwaves ever need Libun?

Very often microwaves have food splattered all over them. If the oven were to need to be Kashered would the spots that had food on them need Libun since they absorbed food directly (without a liquid ...
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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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How to open tefillin

I do not have a sofer stam near me. How do you open up your tefillin's battim and insure the parshiyot inside are kosher? I suspect they are not kosher (at all), because they are a really cheap pair. ...
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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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Pouring hot liquids between keilim

Does pouring boiling water into a treif vessel (sink, for example) affect the status of the Klei rishon? I heard that a liquid transfers taste both ways, by acting as a connector between vessels.