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May Jews cut extra vegetables when slicing for immediate eating on Shabbat

Halacha permits Jews to cut vegetables on Shabbat for immediate consumption, my question is, if a Jew is doing this anyways, are they allowed to cut extra vegetables (more than they are going to ...
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Does Genesis 1:29 forbid ferns (fiddleheads) as food?

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִ֗ים הִנֵּה֩ נָתַ֨תִּי לָכֶ֜ם אֶת־כׇּל־עֵ֣שֶׂב ׀ זֹרֵ֣עַ זֶ֗רַע אֲשֶׁר֙ עַל־פְּנֵ֣י כׇל־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶת־כׇּל־הָעֵ֛ץ אֲשֶׁר־בּ֥וֹ פְרִי־עֵ֖ץ זֹרֵ֣עַ זָ֑רַע לָכֶ֥ם יִֽהְיֶ֖ה לְאׇכְלָֽה׃ ...
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How to deal with internal inconsistency concerning vegetarianism in time of Noah

There seems to be some inconsistency concerning vegetarianism at the time of Noah and before. If Adam was told to be a vegetarian and the whole world followed that commandment: a. Why was Cain a ...
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Did the Arizal say we must not eat even plants?

Saw this paragraph at a Chabad site on "Judaism and vegetarianism": While some question the right of man to kill an animal to fill his belly, the great sixteenth-century mystic Rabbi Isaac ...
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Which produce is Kosher in Israel?

When one goes to a produce store or market in Israel, how does one know which stores he can buy from - that laws of trumah, ma'aser, orla, etc. have been done? Do the stores display a certificate? Are ...
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Does one say "Shehecheyanu" on haadama fruit?

Does one say shehecheyanu on a new, seasonal haadama fruit? People have told me not to but is there a source for this?
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Does boiling lettuce remove insects?

If one were to submerge lettuce in a pot of boiling water, cover the pot with a lid, let the lettuce boil for a minute and then discard the water; would doing so remove all the bugs?
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Maror versus only peeled vegetables

The ideal vegetable for maror is some kind of leaf and/or stalk; roots are distinctly inferior and may not count at all (Shulchan Aruch and commentaries, 473:5). Being extra-strict about, and adding ...
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Bereshit 1:30 says וּֽלְכָל־חַיַּ֣ת הָ֠אָרֶץ וּלְכָל־ע֨וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֜יִם וּלְכֹ֣ל ׀ רוֹמֵ֣שׂ עַל־הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ֙ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה אֶת־כָּל־יֶ֥רֶק עֵ֖שֶׂב לְאָכְלָ֑ה וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃ And to all the ...
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Bracha on sprouts

This is what Practical Halacha says regarding the bracha for sprouts. Say the fore-blessing of she'hakol if the sprouts were grown only in water. Say borei pri ha'adama if the grains were ...
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Should one say "Shehechiyanu" on eating raw corn for the first time in the season?

This question mentions that a fruit or vegetable which is normally not eaten raw in one's area gets a bracha of Shehakol rather than ha'etz / ha'adama. There is a rule that when one eats a new ...
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Do "triple washed" salad greens need to be inspected for bugs?

I've seen a few bags of salad greens marked "triple washed". I did a Google search and there seems to be some debate on whether it needs to be rewashed after you buy it. This article says If you'...
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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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Gardening produce - fertilizer with blood meal, kosher?

So as I'm getting ready to grow citrus trees and veggies, I went on the hunt for fertilizers (individual household, not a commercial farmer). I noticed that a whole lot of fertilizers use an ...
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Is the use of the term "Glatt Kosher" a case of "Genivat Da'at"?

My understanding of the term "Glatt kosher" which I heard from 3 different mashgichim (kashrut supervisors) The term "glatt" means "smooth" and applies only to beef and lamb. (I would assume that it ...
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Why do we exclude fruit and vegetables? [duplicate]

We see in Vayikra, chapter 11, lists of kosher animals (land, water, and flying), but I don't see any mention of vegetables? Why did the Torah leave out vegetables when it speaks of kashrut?
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Does anyone know about a recent brocolli bug problem?

I'm not sure if this is a recent localized problem or not. A few people in my neighborhood (New York City area) have told me that local Rabbinical councils have forbidden buying broccoli, as there is ...
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Are the uncertified packaged pre cut vegetable and fruit platters in a non-Jewish store kosher

In the produce cooler section of stores (such as Costco), one can often find packages of shrink-wrapped cut up veggie and fruit platters. Would the fact that these are precut in the store require ...
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Buying pre-cut ginger

May one use ginger root that is sold pre-cut? For context, I am curious about how the rules of davar charif might apply here. It seems to me that ginger would be a davar charif, so if it is cut with ...
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Is one allowed to remove stems from vegetables or herbs on Shabbos?

Is one allowed to remove stems from vegetables or herbs on Shabbos? Is this borer? If it is borer, is it okay to do it if you remove some part of the vegetable on top while you remove the stem so you'...
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Can one buy lettuce and cabbages, etc. from a non-Jewish produce store?

I have noticed that some non-Jewish owned produce stores in U.S. have someone trimming the rotten or ugly leaves off the edge of lettuce, cabbage and other similar leafy vegetables. The knife used is ...
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How much salt should I put in the water for salt water at the Seder?

We use salt water two times during the Seder. This is once for the hard boiled eggs, and once for the parsley. I have two questions that relate to the salt water. The first is how salty should it be?...
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What is the practical purpose of karpas?

I have had discussions with people who insist that karpas must be a small piece of diced vegetable (i.e. smaller than a ke-zayith le-Humrah), dipped in salt water, and nothing more. When I then ask ...
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What is the source for not leaving onions overnight and why don't some care?

This question mentions that one mustn't eat onions and garlic that have been left overnight, because of danger: Eating onions or garlic left overnight - there are ways around this, and some are not ...
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Squeezing Fruits on Shabbos for Juice

Is it forbidden according to the Torah to squeeze fruits and vegetables for juice on Shabbat? Since people juice almost every fruit and vegetable nowadays (e.g. smoothies), is it forbidden the same as ...
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What bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Veggie straws are pretty popular food items, now. They're non-GMO, no trans-fat, and a whole bunch of other good stuffs. They're also certified kosher by the OU. What bracha should one snacking on ...
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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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Does salad require al netilat yadayim?

Assuming the vegetables used to make a salad were washed prior, does eating such a salad require the washing of hands without a Bracha?
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Why does the use of horse manure as fertilizer not make produce non-kosher?

Horses are non-kosher and its manure is also non-kosher. If you use the manure as fertilizer on, say, potatoes, isn't there some concern that the potatoes may absorb some part of the manure? If so, ...
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Are french fries considered shalem?

For the purposes of priority in making a blessing, is a french fri considered a shalem food or is it considered a broken piece of potato?
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vegetables, water, tomato juice and vegetable soup

Someone told me that when vegetables are cooked in water, the water even without the vegetables takes on the berachah of the vegetables. Where is the halachic source for this? It would entail that ...
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What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes?

What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes? Does it matter how mashed etc.? I am thinking that it will be either Hadoma or Shehakol, and it does depend on how mashed, but these are just wild guesses. ...
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What bracha do you make on zucchini flowers or the curly "lettuce" used for garnish?

During the past few years I have seen caterers decorate platters with zucchini flowers. Similarly. many platters have some type of dark green or purple lettuce or cabbage (I'm not sure what kind of ...
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If a vegetable is eaten raw only if it is in a salad, what bracha should I make on it if eating it plain?

If a vegetable is eaten raw only if it is in a salad, what bracha should I make on it if eating it plain? As one example, cabbage is usually eaten raw only when it is mixed with mayo, as in cole slaw, ...
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What criteria decide what is "customary" to eat a vegetable raw with regard to its bracha?

Halacha states that if a person eats a raw vegetable where it is not customarily eaten raw, one says "shehakol" rather than "ha'admah"? What criteria decide"custom"? Does this rule change? E.g. - a ...
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Can vegetables/fruit be uncheckable?

There are differences in 'bug checking strategies' for different countries due to differences in bugs, pesticides, harvesting and packaging techniques (etc.). In Israel, I have recently encountered ...
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what bracha do you make on seaweed and algae? [duplicate]

These two grow on the soil in the ocean. Is the term "adamah" applicable only to the dry land or does it apply to the land in the ocean as well? Note: I am referring to eating just the seaweed itself; ...
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Why do we say hamotzi lechem min haaretz instead of min haadama?

The blessing for bread is hamotzi lechem min haaretz. The blessing for vegetables is boreh pri haadama. As far as I know aretz (land) and adama (soil or earth) are basically synonymous. I would like ...
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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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Pesach: Kitniyos Plants

Vegans have a hard time getting enough protein on Pesach. Is the plant that grows from a kitniyos seed also kitniyos on Pesach? What if the seed is still attached?
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Do I have to check my fruits and vegetables [for insects] before I put them in a smoothie?

I use both frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables in my smoothies, and mostly organic. Does the type of fruit or vegetable matter? For example, produce that generally has more insects, such as ...
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Bracha on Potato Skin

Suppose I enjoy eating plain potato skins. What bracha would I make? As always, please cite your sources.
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Do hechshered leafy vegetables mean that they have no bugs?

If I buy (for example) frozen broccoli in the store with a hechsher, is it required to check for bugs? Does the hechsher signify that the vegetables have already been checked for bugs and are free of ...
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Why is it necessary to make a HaAdamah on Karpas?

Why is it necessary to eat a vegetable that requires HaAdamah for Karpas? Why not an onion, parsley, or other herb that might require SheHaKol (for not being normally eaten that way), or a fruit that ...
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Does Kelayim apply to road cantaloupe/courgette?

A neighbour of mine, on the American east coast had a fire hydrant replaced in front of the house, right at the curb, and the fill used settled leaving a hole. He filled it with compost. Alas he now ...
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Does bagged lettuce need a hechsher?

Does one need a hechsher on commercially available bagged lettuce? Or is the standard washing process used by the producers sufficient to remove all insects of halachic significance? Anecdotally, I'...
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What is the minimum shiur for dehydrated maror?

Given that you can use dried maror for the seder (Mishna Pesachim 2:6), and assuming that horseradish is actually maror, what is the minimum shiur of dried horseradish (e.g. horseradish powder)? Is it ...
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Peeling vegetables on Pesach

It is a minhag in Chabad to only eat vegetables that you can peel on Pesach. There is a possibility that either the wax coating on certain vegetables contains chometz or that certain processing of the ...
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Purple/Red Cabbage kashrut issues

Funny thing happened to me tonight. I was buying some falafel and noticed that they did not have any "purple cabbage" (a.k.a. red cabbage) as a side dish option. I asked if they had any in back, and ...
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Checking lettuce on Shabbos

1) Is there any way to check lettuce on Shabbos? 2) If the lettuce had been put into a liquid that kills the bugs before Shabbos, is there then a way to check it?
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