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Davar Charif for onion powder and garlic powder

Are garlic powder and onion powder considered a Davar charif?
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Why does the incense offerer get a chosen buddy?

Mishnayot Tamid 6:3 says that the kohen who wins the right to offer the daily incense brings a buddy with him to hold one of the vessels and help him retrieve any dropped incense: מִי שֶׁזָּכָה ...
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What is the significance of the 7 spices in Shir Hashirim 4:14? Why are they the chief spices? More so than the ones in the Keterot?

In Shir Hashirim chapter 4, verse 14 states: "Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all frankincense trees, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices." What is the significance ...
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Doing Havdolah with no flame or spices

Suppose someone finds themselves with no candle to do Havdolah with. He neither has a Havdolah candle nor two candles in which to put together and light. What should he do? I would assume he would ...
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brachah on besamim during havdalah when only one species is used

Most of the time when people make a brachah on besamim during havdalah they are using one species of spice. If that is the case, then the proper brachah which should be made is בּורא עצי בשׂמים if it's ...
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Can ground coffee beans or instant coffee be used for b'samim during Havdalah?

Can instant coffee and fresh ground coffee be used for b'samim (spices) during Havdalah?
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Who says that keneh bosem is cannabis?

R' Aryeh Kaplan in The Living Torah quotes four opinions as to the identity of keneh bosem (page pictured below, paragraph beginning "fragrant cane"): calamus (Septuagint, Rambam Peirush ...
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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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Blessing on Star Anise

Star anise is technically the fruit of the evergreen tree Illicium verum. However, this fruit is not used as an edible fruit, only as a spice. What blessing do the authorities determine is the right ...
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Info on Levonah

Considering the current parshios mentioning of Levonah (Frankincense, Olibanum), I decided to look into it a bit. According to the wiki entry here there are therapeutic and medicinal properties ...
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Does MSG require a hechsher?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a popular food additive that lends umami (savory) flavor. Do pure MSG crystals require a hechsher?
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Can Havdalah spices be eaten afterwards?

Can someone partake of the havdalah spices for "secular" purposes (i.e. eating, etc.) after the service is concluded? I know that one should not intentionally 'smell' his esrog on Sukkos (machlokes). ...
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Do Whole Vanilla Beans Need A Hekhsher?

Vanilla beans and their derivatives are commonly used in many dishes as a spice. The whole beans are available for purchase in stores and online. I understand that plain fruits and vegetables (when ...
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