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When did kosher bakeries, restaurants, etc. start requiring supervision?

If my neighbor Shmerel keeps kosher and otherwise appears to be observant to the best of my knowledge, then I'd be allowed to eat in his house (assuming I'm invited), eid echad ne'eman b'issurin, his "...
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Must I check the kashrut certificate every time I visit a bakery or restaurant?

Say I visit a bakery, restaurant, jail, hospital, or nursing home. And say I already know that the food there is kosher. Must I still check the kashrut certificate every time I visit? (Gershon Gold,...
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At a non-kosher restaurant, is sliced raw fish kosher?

At a non-kosher restaurant, is thinly-sliced raw fish kosher? Let's assume one sees the preparer clean the knife and cut from the whole fish. Also, let's assume this raw fish is sashimi — ...
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asking to see a kashrus certificate

A restaurant has a sign on its window, or a notation in an advertisement, indicating that it's under the kashrus certification of Rabbi So-and-so or Agency Such-and-such. The first time someone walks ...
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Is the cat figurine thing a problem at kosher Chinese restaurants?

It seems like all kosher Chinese restaurants have this cat-statue thingy in the front: Is there any Halachic problem with that? I assume not, if they're all kosher-certified; but why not?
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Did I steal anything by eating from someone else's all-you-can-eat order?

I was eating in a restaurant with my friend, who ordered an "all-you-can-eat" menu item (so he could take as much food as he wants) and gave me some of the food to taste. I ate about a plateful. ...
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Invitation to nonkosher restaurant

The question "Keeping Kosher at a secular company" asks about food issues on the job in general. This question is focused more narrowly on "unbalanced" situations: situations where there's an ...
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What defines a non-kosher restaurant for purposes of maarit ayin?

There is a known halacha that one shouldn't eat in a non-kosher resteraunt due to Maaras Ayin, even though they serve kosher food also. What defines a non-Kosher restaurant? McDonald's is probably ...
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A restroom in a formerly-kosher eatery vs. one in a never-kosher eatery: which is preferable?

Say I'm on the road traveling, and I need to use a restroom. Which of the following two restrooms is preferable? One in a restaurant that used to be kosher, but is now non-kosher. One in a restaurant ...
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May a person order food from a vegan restaurant

May a person order food from a vegan restaurant? — assuming you aren't ordering cooked food, to avoid the problem of bishul akum. If your ordering let's say a salad, what could be the problem? ...
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Must I warn people about an untrustworthy restaurant?

What is my obligation to warn fellow kosher observant people about a Restraurant that is claiming to be "Glatt" Kosher, when in fact it has no Rabbinic Supervision at all and the owner's religious ...
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Eating your own (kosher) food in a non-kosher restaurant?

This was brought to mind by this question: What are the rules about joining your co-workers (or the like) for a meal in a non-kosher restaurant, but bringing your own food? Is it prohibited as mar'is ...
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Buddha at Indian Restaurants

Is the Buddha statue (or Hindu statues) a problem at Kosher Indian restaurants? (This is different than the cat question since the cat is only a good-luck superstition and these are actual idols)
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Do restaurants need a kosher certificate?

There is a concept of "Eid echad ne'eman b'issurin" which means if a person testifies on something that is questionable we believe him. An example would be regarding kosher: if I go to a friend's ...
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tuna wrap in non-kosher restaurant

Is there any way to eat a tuna wrap from a non-kosher restaurant, if I have full access to see their ingredients and packaging?
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What forbids eating in a Jewish-owned restaurant open on shabbat?

Many restaurants in Israel, when asked about their kashrut status, reply that they are open on Shabbat. Thus, no hechsher. This also exists in establishments that would have a relatively easy time ...
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Restaurants opening on fast days

Assuming a kosher restaurant or a café that attracts significant quantity of non-Jewish customers, what is their policy on fast days? Do they keep open? If so, what do they do with Jews, who have ...
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Kosher items to stock in a cafeteria

My company is considering opening a cafeteria and is soliciting suggestions. I was wondering what types of items they could offer that would be kosher without requiring a kosher kitchen. The ideas I ...
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What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?

In a kosher restaurant today, must the mashgiach (kosher inspector) spend 100% of his time watching everything, or can he do some other work in the restaurant? How much work? I know this may vary ...
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Eating in a restaurant that is not under the beth din

Can one eat in a resturaunt that claims to be kosher, yet does not have a certified kashrut certificate from the local beth din? Is this a violation of a prohibition by the owner? Does the owner have ...
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What qualifications are necessary to become a mashgiach?

I had thought that mashgochim (kosher kitchen supervisors) had to have semikkha or darn close. But people have been telling me that all you need to do is "know the laws" of kashrus, which they seem to ...
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If a restaurant is already halal, how much more work is it for them to become kosher?

There is a middle-eastern restaurant1 (independent, not chain) near my workplace that my coworkers think highly of. Today I learned that it is halal (some info about what that means), which got me ...
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Loshon Harah in Restaurant Reviews

There is a website and iPhone app that contain a listing of kosher restaurants. In addition, one feature is the listing of 'star-ratings' and reviews by users. Are there any halachic ramifications ...
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Eating in restaurants during Aveilus

Recently a friend told me that it is not proper to eat out in restaurants when one is an Aveil. I have been searching for a source that prohibits this. Does anyone know of a source prohibiting eating ...
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What does R' Feinstein say about eating kosher food in a non-kosher restaurant?

The last paragraph of Igros Moshe O.C. 2:40 discusses when you may order kosher food [such as a banana] in a non-kosher restaurant. R' Moshe Feinstein begins: ובדבר אם מותר לאכול ברעסטאראנט ...
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

What are the major kashrus/halachic issues with going to a non-kosher restaurant and ordering, say, [kosher fish] and vegetables; dressed with only extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper; double-...
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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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Is there maris ayin in ordering a drink from a non-kosher restaurant?

Is there a problem with maris ayin to enter a non-kosher restaurant and order just a drink? Let's say that in the first case the restaurant in question is a fast-food place and the second case is a "...
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Maris Ayin and bags from restaurants

Similar to this question, suppose there is a chain of restaurants that is mostly non-Kosher, but there happens to be one kosher franchise in the chain. The example I am thinking of is that there is ...
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What can you look for to ensure that a vegan restaurant is Kosher? [duplicate]

Vegan restaurants claim to serve strictly vegetable and plant-based meals. They would seem to be automatically Kosher, but I've read and heard that there could be other Kosher issues. What are ...
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Mashgiach and a restaurant staying open on Shabbos

This question notes that in Israel, a restaurant cannot receive a hashgacha if they are open on Shabbos. However, in the U.S. this doesn't seem to be the case. What rules do mashgichim rely on to ...
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What's the oldest continuously-existing, still-open kosher restaurant?

What's the oldest continuously-existing, still-open kosher restaurant?
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Restaurants with hechsher for locusts

Are there any restaurants in Israel (or other) that have a hechsher endorsing the preparation and eating of locusts in their restaurants?
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Can Kosher Be Cooked nearby Non-Kosher?

I want to start a restaurant. I would like to cater to both non-kosher and kosher populations. If the restaurant kitchen has a separate fridge, kosher ingredients, separate stove, separate ...
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Kashrut--idol in restaraunt

A popular restaraunt here in Yerushalayim has a small idol on its cash register. Every paying customer will see it. The staff will answer your questions about it, and recommend reading. Its' ...
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any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?

Some Jews have a practice of keeping kosher at home but eating at non-kosher restaurants, where they will be sure to avoid ordering meat or shellfish. Is there any "point" to this from a halachic ...
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What is the source for requiring constant supervision in a meat restaurant?

Looking to help out Prof. David Bernstein, in this comment. I've heard that kashrut certification organizations require meat restaurants to have a mashgiach supervising operations at all times. What ...
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Non-kosher, non-Jewish-run, Sushi Restaurants

Is the food served at a non-kosher, non-Jewish run sushi restaurant considered non-kosher because of the non-kosher-ness of the knives, the bishul akum of the rice, or both?
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Can a kosher restaurant play music for its diners? [duplicate]

I was told by Rabbi Yehezkel Danziger, an editor at Art Scroll (he was editor in chief of most of the volumes of the Shottenstein Talmud Bavli) that it is forbidden to listen to music while eating, ...
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Halachic considerations in leaving a cash tip in a restaurant?

Waiters like cash tips because they do not report the tips to the IRS and so keep all of the money. (Perhaps not all waiters, but the majority, per some web sites.) Tips put on a credit card are ...
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Halachos of a gastropub?

BSD Is it permitted to enter and drink at a gastropub (or restaurant/bar). Assuming the drinks (beer/whiskey) are kosher and this applies only in regards to someone who holds by the Shach (that one ...
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Are Dunkin Donuts Coolatas kosher?

For the purposes of this discussion, let's assume that unflavored coffee with milk is kosher everywhere you go. (Related MY question) Are Coolatas (from Dunkin Donuts) included in this? A friend of ...
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What are the potential halachic problems eating in a vegan restaurant without hashgacha? [duplicate]

Suppose for this scenario that the restaurant is very strictly vegan (and in a region where veganism is truly understood), and there is no wine present. All dishes that the restaurant uses are ...
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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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