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If Consuming Blood is Prohibited Can Jews Accept Blood Transfusions?

Human blood is not included in the prohibition (Shulchan Arukh YD 66:10). There is a concern when consuming any permitted blood that no one think you are consuming forbidden blood. A classic solution ...
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Minimum amount of food for Beracha Rishona

While the Kol Bo (Siman 24) writes that such a small amount would not need a Beracha Rishona, and Rabbeinu Yonah (Brachot 27Rb) writes that for such small amounts every food gets the Beracha Rishona ...
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If Bal Tashchis and Achila Gasa would get in a fight, who would win?

The gemara in Shabbos says (140b) בל תשחית דגופא עדיף Damaging (lit. בל תשחית [lit. destruction]) of one's body is more important [than בל תשחית of food] (translation mine) Seems pretty simple ...
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Does Shabbos food make one fat?

THe GRA in the first pesukim in Mishlei, says that the place where the yetzer hara attacks a person is in a seudas mitzvah. (where we can easily be led to beleive that doing the wrong thing (...
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Does Shabbos food make one fat?

Here is the closet thing I found: Rabbi Chaim Rubin wrote a excellent article about dieting on Shabbos and mentions that there is a tradition "from Sefarim and Sofrim" that Shabbos food does not make ...
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The Seder & diabetes

There's a Jewish Diabetes Association - guide for diabetics that puts out a list of the minimum shiurim; normally we say "oh play it safe and eat a larger amount of matza/wine just to be safe", but ...
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Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?

I've turned the chair sideways (i.e., the chair back is perpendicular to the table), draped a pillow over the back and leaned my hand over the pillow and the back. Don't use a high-back chair for this....
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At the seder, unsupported mid-air leaning feels awkward. In reality, how should I recline?

Rav Yisroel Belsky (zt"l) said that one should lean slightly to the left, with one's elbow on the table, in a very comfortable manner. See the YouTube video for more detail. Here's a screenshot from ...
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Is it a problem to eat animal leftovers

Talmud Tractate Horayos 13b - "Eating something that a mouse (rat) or cat nibbled on, causes one to forget their learning" So, the whole piece is discarded.
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OK if lechem mishneh is partially cut?

Shulchan Aruch 167:1 rules that during the week one should start to cut the piece he wishes to eat from the loaf before reciting hamotzi. However, one needs to ensure that it remains connected enough ...
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I accidentally broke my fast on Yom Kippur, now what?

Continue the fast. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Proliferation of species after the flood

Rabbi Sorotzkin in Oznayim Latorah (Insights to the Torah) says that Noach continued to feed all the animals for the year after they left the teivah. In Noach 8:17, Hashem gives a bracha which ...
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Any practical tips for leaning when seated in an armless dining-room chair?

The simplest thing that I have done in this situation is to pull over a folding chair, and set it perpendicular to the left of my chair. Then I use the back of that chair as my armrest. If you have ...
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Play-doh, Passover, and Purina

Rabbi Yitzchak Twersky from the OU says that play-doh does not have to be sold. Cosmetics, lotions and inedible items such as non-chewable pills and Play-Doh need not be sold CRC-Chicago ...
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When to say brocha when making a L'chaim

The Hamodia newspaper had an article related to the Gemoro Nedorim 32. Pri Megadim records two opinions concerning the proper time to recite “l’chaim.” According to one opinion, one should make ...
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are you allowed to feed fish on shabbos?

Yalkut Yosef 1:373:15 says that one may feed fish in his fishtank on Shabbos. מותר ליתן אוכל לדגים שבאקווריום בשבת Rabbi Chaim Tabasky also says it is permitted. This is only permitted for pet ...
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Should you say a new Bracha on coffee when leaving the coffee shop?

The following shiurim say that moving outside requires a new bracha rishona even if you come back inside to eat. According to New Beracha after Moving Between Rooms implies that outdoors does require ...
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Does one make bracha when tasting food?

The Gemara in Berachos 14a says: מטעמת אינה טעונה ברכה והשרוי בתענית טועם ואין בכך כלום. ועד כמה? ר' אמי ור' אסי טעמי עד שיעור רביעתא Tasting does not need a blessing, and one fasting can taste and ...
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Where does R. Achay Gaon say it's a mitzva to eat meat?

Somebody probably meant R. Saadya Gaon - see R. Yerucham Perlow's commentary (aseh 95) who notes that the Rasag counts as a mitzvah "רחב גבוליך והתאוית תדשנה טובי ותשבע". R. Yerucham Perlow explains ...
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Why are Tzaddikim protected from improper foods?

This question is addressed in Einei Shmuel, a commentary on Aggadic passages: וכתבו התו' דהיינו דווקא במידי דאכילה ואמר מורי ז"ל הטעם דמה שמשמרין מאכילת איסור דווקא דהלא באמת שוגג אין כאן איסור ...
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Can one eat the marror from the keara over pesach?

Yes, it is preferable to eat the food from the ka'ara. That's actually why we put the food there- not just to remind us, but to actually be used. The exceptions are the zeroa (roasted shankbone or ...
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Does one bentch on an achila gasa?

Mishne Berurah 197:28 מי שהיה שבע קודם שאכל ואכל אכילה גסה שלא היה צריך לאותה אכילה אעפ"כ אם נהנה גרונו מאותה אכילה מברך עליו לפניו ולאחריו ומוציא אחרים ואם נפשו קצה עליו ואינו נהנה גרונו אינו ...
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where there isn't a vessel available for washing with is there another option available for someone to eat bread?

This is subject to a dispute among modern day poskim if the faucet has a din of a kli. Rav Elyashiv and Rav Ovadia Yosef both held it did have a din of a kli; thus, if no cup is available, one can ...
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Were there more than just 2 or 7 pairs of animals on Noach's ark?

As pointed out by many meforshim, the food in the teivah was provided miraculously. Rabbi Sorotzkin in Oznayim Latorah 6:21 (answer 3) says It is known that the Ark's provisions were insufficient ...
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What is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?

Coffee and tea is allowed for people in places where it is commonly consumed and especially if they can't concentrate without them. Mishna Berurah siman 89 #22. Milk and sweeteners is dealt with there ...
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What is permitted to be consumed before shacharit?

The poskim don't differentiate between liquids and solids. As user6591 pointed out, only foods considered as luxuries or to be haughty are forbidden. Dose of Halacha brings sources and explains: The ...
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Is snow Kosher? Icicles?

I wish that I could locate a definitive source to answer your question, but, in a way, the answer seems a rather obvious "yes it is kosher. My deduction: Almost all drinking water occurs "naturally". ...
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What should i do with food stuck in my mouth after bentching?

This indeed often happens and is a difficult question that got me thinking since I saw it for the first time. I didn't find it covered in any classical halacha seforim so we need to go back to the ...
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Must the Purim feast take place in a location where it's Purim?

During a shiur about Purim the rav (who is a musmach of Ner Yisrael and gives a chaburah there) mentioned that all the halachos of Purim follow the halachos of listening to the megillah as far as the ...
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What rules need to be followed in order for a non-Jewish professional chef to cook Kosher food for a Jewish customer?

There are a few interesting points to address here. I am not going to go into a long discussion on all of the halachot of kashrut here because those can be found in depth around this site and ...
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