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Does dividing bulk Kosher items make them no longer Kosher?

When you open the sealed bulk carton, they can no longer know that it has been certified. It is the same reason that an airline kosher meal must be served to the passenger still sealed. Once it has ...
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Creating a crowd-sourced database of non-dairy OU-D products

This answer has been marked "community wiki," which means that it's open to all1 to edit. Please do! Please preserve the alphabetical order of the list. If you do not see something on the ...
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Who certified this yogurt as kosher?

Apparently, some Dannon yogurts (with K) and Yoplait yogurts (with KD) are under the supervision of Rabbi David Sheinkopf and Rabbi Barnett Hasden, respectively. (Regarding Rabbi Hasden's hashgacha, ...
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Does dividing bulk Kosher items make them no longer Kosher?

While I can't comment specifically on the issues involved with powdered milk and splitting them into single servings I can make a few suggestions: Look into kosher single serving packets ( I don't ...
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Suckling directly from a kosher animal

We learn in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 328:33 סימן שכח - דין חולה בשבת: לג גּוֹנֵחַ, מֻתָּר לִינֹק חָלָב מֵהַבְּהֵמָה, דְּבִמְקוֹם צַעְרָא לֹא גָּזְרוּ רַבָּנָן. וְיֵשׁ אוֹמְרִים שֶׁאִם אֵין לוֹ ...
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Cholov akum and cholov yisroel

I think the question confuses three different status of milk chalav Israel: milk from kosher animals (e.g., cow, sheep) whose milking was supervised by a Jew -- and is kosher according to all ...
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Who certified this yogurt as kosher?

Dannon has OU Certification on some products. The ones with a plain K are certified by Rabbi Dr. David I. Sheinkopf. Those products contain Beef Gelatin which some Kosher Certifiers will allow even if ...
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How was kosher cheese made before artificial rennet?

Very good question with a simple answer. It used to be made from rennet obtained from the cow's 4th stomach. I recall that almost all Miller's and Migdal cheeses were made this way. As to why this is ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

The Torah mandates "simcha" on Yom Tov. The Talmud understands "simcha" to refer to eating meat and wine. Hence, the obligation to eat meat on Yom Tov. The exact parameters of this obligation are ...
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Why is the wait between meat and milk not halachically calculated?

Interestingly the Pitchei Tshuva on SA YD 89:1, in the context of eating meat after milk, brings an opinion from Beer Heitev shel Maharit that these could be shaot zemaniot. He quickly writes the Pri ...
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Milk-free cheese: Is it kosher? Parve?

I emailed the OU with this question. Here's their response: Likely this cheese would indeed be pareve, but because of confusion (maris ayin) one would need to treat it like cheese. And one would not ...
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What is the extent of the prohibition for Jews to cook meat and milk together?

All dairy products are forbidden with meat products. The law is that three aspects are forbidden. Meat and milk products (including butter and cheese) may not be cooked together Meat and milk ...
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Are separate glasses required for milk and meat?

There is a reason for it. The Mechaber in OC 451:26 says: כו. כלי זכוכית אפילו מכניסן לקיום ואפילו משתמש בהן בחמין אין צריכים שום הכשר שאינם בולעים ובשטיפה בעלמא סגי להו. הגה: ויש מחמירין ...
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Why do Ashkenazim eat Milchigs (dairy) on Shavuos?

See Sefer יומא דעצרתא which gives 32 reasons why we eat dairy on Shavuos in the section ייני אם חלבי. Among them are: (reason 18) we try to minimize our Simcha since David Hamelech died then. (...
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What defines "hard cheese"

There is quite some controversy among contemporary Rabbis as to what constitutes hard cheese nowadays. Dose of Halacha has an extensive article discussing the various opinions and halachos: Exactly ...
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Who holds that Cholov Yisroel is not a chumra?

I feel the need to post this because of the widespread misconception on this topic, as evidenced by Daniel's comments above, and the number of agreements to them. It is a major Machlokes Haposkim as ...
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Does dividing bulk Kosher items make them no longer Kosher?

The answers already given here discuss the loss of the certifying seal, but miss an important part of the general difficulty around the handling of Kosher food -- Kosher food handled with non-Kosher ...
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looking for a cholov yisrael product

I checked with a manager of a large grocery store in Lakewood and in Brooklyn. Unfortunately none of the Cholov Yisroel companies currently produce such a product. Thus it is not available.
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Why does cholov yisroel milk have such a short shelf life?

I've noticed the same problem quite consistently. Although, I must admit that some brands of Chalav stam milk have the same problem. I'll relay what I have heard from 3 store owners in the NY area. ...
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Do those who keep Cholov Yisroel eat products marked "K-DE"?

The Rama writes (in Yoreh Deah 115:1): חָלָב שֶׁל עוֹבְדֵי כּוֹכָבִים אוֹסְרִים כֵּלִים שֶׁנִּתְבַּשְּׁלוּ בָּהֶם כִּשְׁאָר אִסּוּר, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ רַק סָפֵק שֶׁמָּא עֵרֵב בָּהּ דָּבָר טָמֵא. ...
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Should vegan margarine be treated as dairy?

If it was an issue of Mar'it Ayin, it would only require clearly indicating that this was margarine and not butter. However Mar'it Ayin only applies in this type of case to a situation when the ...
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How could Avraham feed his guests milk?

Sanhedrin 21 has the halachos of a king. I did not see a reference to matan torah and milk in it. I checked other sources and the reference is to Bechoros 6b (ArtScroll 6b2 notes 24, 25, and 27) Part ...
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Can I eat chocolate melted in a meaty pot and then combined with dairy?

If the chocolate was pareve, then based on YD 95:2, it would seem to be permitted to consume, even if some say it should not have been poured to begin with. If the chocolate was dairy then the pot, ...
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Were the Israelites' pots really ben yoman when they received the Torah?

In the Torah portion Beshalach (Shemos 16,8) it says that the Jews were to receive meat at night: וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה בְּתֵת יְהוָה לָכֶם בָּעֶרֶב בָּשָׂר לֶאֱכֹל וְלֶחֶם בַּבֹּקֶר לִשְׂבֹּעַ - And ...
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What is the Galitzianer minhag in regards to waiting between meat and milk?

I am of Galitzian roots and we wait 6 hours. Ashkenazic Jews in general didn't used to wait six hours, based on the Rama it was accepted to wait 6 hours. Ashreinu!
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Passover baking with milk instead of water

A recent Posek, Rav Eliezer Melamed, notes here that kneading with milk would indeed have the status of "Mei Peiros", and would not create Chametz. His source is the Gemara in Pesachim ...
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Allergen information says "may contain..."

You should check with the authority who gives the Hechsher (Kashrut certification). Sometimes the OU will put OU(D) on products that are merely made on dairy equipment but are not actually dairy, but ...
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Are separate glasses required for milk and meat?

I heard from a Rabbi, a popular Halachah teacher in Bais Yaakov high schools, that while essentially one would be permitted to use the same glasses for milk and meat, nowadays it is not the custom for ...
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Breakfast Cereal on Shabbos

Yes, it is totally permissible no matter how you do it. The relevant concern here is that it's prohibited to "knead" by mixing flour with water to make dough. (That's why making a mush like baby ...
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