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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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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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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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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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Eating With Gentiles

Yes there is a special reason for Jews not to eat at an idolator's house even if the food is completely Kosher. This however is only binding when the idolator has invited the Jew to his house, or ...
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Pagan practice to clink glasses?

The Minchas Shmuel pg.251 cites Shu"t Mevaser Tov 2:79 who writes that this practice of clinking galseses together seems to be a tradition of the non-Jews. As we find in Amos 6:6 "השותים במזקרי יין" ...
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Mefarshim here: Q1) Shadal there (it's a really long piece, worth reading in its entirety) opposes your understanding, as he notes the opinion that animals were prohibited from eating fruit, and ...
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Kosher glycerin automatically safe to eat

There are often kosher certifications on the dish soap and toothpaste I buy. This doesn't mean they are safe to eat, rather the certification is given in case one ingests a trace amount of the soap/...
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The minimum amount of food one must eat on Shabbos

(Reminder: Like any library, Mi Yodeya offers tons of great information, but does not offer personalized, professional advice, and does not take the place of seeking such advice from your rabbi.) ...
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Halacha of not biting into a sandwich when someone else is eating with you

I don't know about the choking, but it says clearly in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 170:10 that one should not bite into food and put it back down, and the commentaries say that's because it's ...
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Jewish table manners

Indeed there is a prohibition called Bal Teshaktzu, not to be disgusting. This is codified in the Shulchan Aruch (YD 116:6). In his commentary on this law, the Kaf Hachaim speaks of your case, writing ...
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Meat and wine on Chol HaMoed

Nemukei Orach Chaim 529:2 writes that one should have a revi'is of wine. Hilchot Chol HaMoed Zichron Shlomo (page 3; based on Sh”t Rosh 25:1), on the other hand, writes that a melo lugmav is ...
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In Parshas Behalosecha why did Bnei Yisrael need to cry for meat?

The Israelite's were definitely able to eat their animals (if the blood was sprinkled on the altar the meat was theirs like any shelamim. see chulin 16b). According to the Ramban (11:4) they didn't ...
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Does Judaism say if you are fat you should have a diet?

It is a scientific fact that "people who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions" (quote from ...
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On a "minor fast day" must one daven Maariv before eating once the fast is over?

According to dinonline.org: You do not have to daven maariv before breaking the fast.
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Does one make bracha when tasting food?

As context, note that when eating, there is no minimum amount necessary for a blessing, i.e., even if one eats a very small amount of food one must make the appropriate blessing. However one does not ...
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Waking up early to eat before a fast

One who wakes up in the middle of the night (after sleeping at least 30 minutes) and intends to go back to sleep but wants to drink or eat (and had the intention to do so before going to sleep in the ...
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How much must be eaten from the lechem mishneh

See the answer to the question "How Much Does One Need to Eat From the Lechem Mishneh?" here. To quote the conclusion: The question is on Shabbat, where everyone must be connected to the lechem ...
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Berakhos recited over food - Mitzvah or Matir?

Short Answer: It is a machlokes. The Pri Megadim (משבצות זהב סי' קס"ז סק"י) definitively states that there is no issur to eat without a bracha, merely an obligation to bless before eating. ...
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Pagan practice to clink glasses?

I know of no traditional Jewish source on this topic (and would be happy to see one, if anyone else does) but there is this: http://www.snopes.com/food/rituals/clink.asp Personally, I consider ...
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Eating before Mincha and Maariv

The link you attached to your question, comes with answers that basically say that even if you're allowed to eat before shacharis, it's only for eating "mezonot" and not a full meal with ...
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Source for not eating before doing a Mitzvah

The Mishna in Shabbat 1:2 with the Tosefta there appended says: לא ישב אדם לפני הספר סמוך למנחה עד שיתפלל. לא יכנס אדם למרחץ ולא לבורסק ולא לאכול ולא לדין. ואם התחילו אין מפסיקים. מפסיקים לקרות ...
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Source for not eating before doing a Mitzvah

See Gemara Shabbat 9a. דאמר ר' יהושע בן לוי כיון שהגיע זמן תפלת המנחה אסור לאדם שיטעום כלום קודם שיתפלל תפלת המנחה Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: Once the time of the afternoon prayer has ...
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