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Is a Muslim allowed to touch a food item for purchase in a kosher bakery?

It is very considerate of a Muslim to care about helping Jewish people protect the laws of kashrut. I assume it is because the Muslim is motivated by fear of Heaven and care for a fellow human being. ...
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Are there multiple levels of treif?

Yes, there are multiple levels. In the Laws of Forbidden Foods 14:16-17, the Rambam writes: "When a person is overcome by severe hunger, he may be fed forbidden food immediately until his ...
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Are all French baguettes intrinsically kosher?

That is correct and many observant Jews eat this bread (I lived in France for five years). The same is true for many sorts of plain bread, not just baguette. However one has to check that the oven is ...
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Kashrut of Chocolate

The halacha you're citing is not a leniency that whatever is harmful to dogs is not food. It's a stringency that, even though chametz is no longer fitting for human consumption, as long as it remains ...
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Are dik-diks kosher animals?

The animal is part of the antelope family and has split hooves and chewes the cud. I would always consult a rabbi, as this answer is not a halachic dictation. Based on the information in your link ...
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Does the word בָּר mean corn?

In British English, "corn" can mean any grain, not just maize (the plant native to America). See Merriam-Webster; Wiktionary.
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Is eating one whole olive considered as eating a kezayit?

The Talmud explicitly addresses this. Berachos 38b-39a אמר ליה רבי ירמיה לרבי זירא רבי יוחנן היכי מברך על זית מליח כיון דשקילא לגרעיניה בצר בצר ליה שיעורא אמר ליה מי סברת כזית גדול בעינן כזית ...
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Why do we recite 'Borei Pri Ha'etz ' on grapes?

In regards to your "first" question, the reason that we do not say hagafen before they are processed should really be asked the other way around, which is why do we make hagafen after it is processed, ...
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Serving food at Kiruv Events and OC 169:2

R Gil Student addresses this question here and, following a recap of the gemara and Shulkhan Aruch you cite, responds the posekim have unanimously permitted this, but their rationales vary R. Moshe ...
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Why did Abraham treat his three visitors in this way?

Welcome to Mi Yodeya! In answer to your first question, the Ramban on that verse asks your question - that is a lot of bread! He suggests that Avraham knew they were angels (which is consistantly ...
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What bracha do you make on veggie straws?

Where the product is made directly from the whole vegetable as with Kellogg's corn flakes the brocho is Hoadomoh. Where the vegetable has been mashed and reconsituted the brocho is shehakol. (see p 31 ...
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Kashrut of Chocolate

Inasmuch as I believe @loewian's answer is the correct answer, I would add that according to one approach (this is the approach taken by Levushei Mordechai siman 86 and Divrei Malkiel 4:22:6, and ...
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Why if you drink water directly from a river you'd be considered pagan?

You're thinking of Shoftim 7:5 וַיּ֥וֹרֶד אֶת־הָעָ֖ם אֶל־הַמָּ֑יִם (ס) וַיֹּ֨אמֶר יְהוָ֜ה אֶל־גִּדְע֗וֹן כֹּ֣ל אֲשֶׁר־יָלֹק֩ בִּלְשׁוֹנ֨וֹ מִן־הַמַּ֜יִם כַּאֲשֶׁ֧ר יָלֹ֣ק הַכֶּ֗לֶב תַּצִּ֤יג ...
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Why does my box of Matzah say "BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV"

There is a concern that by opening the box, a usable vessel has been completed, which can be a violation of the prohibition of makeh b'patish, one of the 39 forbidden categories of "work" on Shabbath ...
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Food ‘fight’ in the Talmud

There is something like you mention in the Talmud Yerushalmi in Demai 7:1: Rebbi and Rabbi Yossi were invited as guests to eat at the home of a certain man. However, the Rabbis suspected that he did ...
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If one makes a bracha on something not Kosher should he eat it to avoid saying G-d's name in vain or not?

He already said God's name in vain since non-kosher food doesn't warrant a blessing. Eating the food now isn't going to help that. אכל דבר איסור, אף על פי שאינו אסור אלא מדרבנן, אין מזמנין עליו ...
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Is kopi luwac (civet excreted coffee beans) kosher?

I sent this question a couple of years ago to the OU. They sent me back: Thank you for contacting the OU. This has differing opinions among poskim. Some view it as yotzai min ha'tamei ...
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Is a bracha said when eating non-food items (e.g. paper)?

This article is quite detailed on explaining when you don't need to make a bracha. The article contains source references, as well. Excerpts: A bracha is recited when we experience pleasure from ...
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Is there a bracha achrona called "Al Ha'Adama"?

The Bracha Al Haadama is cited in tosfot Brachot in name of the machzor of Rabenu Tam (an annotation written by Rabbenu tam in his Machzor), Tosfot said also that Rabenu Tam further reversed his ...
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Wheat crackers that are ha'adama

Refer to this communication between Dayan Westheim zt"l and Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff here on p.64. The full letter is very enlightening and sheds light on their production/manufacture and the ...
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What is פנאד"ש?

I have found in the article (p. 8 of the PDF) of Eliezer Papo that it is מאכל ספרדי דומה לבורקס שלנו היום – כיסנים ממולאים בבשר או בגבינה.‏ a Sephardic food similar to our bourekas today – dumplings ...
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Taschlich Bread crumbs on Yom Tov

There seems to be no known source for feeding the fish at Tashlich. As already noted, those who mention it then to be opposed to it. But the fact is that it is mentioned - and its origins seem to be ...
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Customary foods for the erev Yom Kippur meal(s)

Nitei Gavriel Yom Kippur 16:9 says the Minhag is to eat round Challas dipped in honey. 16:10:15 brings in the name of the Magen Avraham 608:7 to eat fish and fowl. (some eat the Kapara chicken at ...
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What can I feed my fish over Pesach?

R' Cohen in Dose of Halacha quotes R' Ben-zion Abba Saul who does allow you to use flakes, though writes that others advise you to buy worms, etc. or something that is chametz free. Rambam (Chametz ...
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Is Daniel healthy and wise in spite of his diet, or because of his diet?

Ibn Ezra is of the opinion that it was the type of food they were eating that positively affected their appearance. He goes into detail inferring what exactly the food was, which would have the effect ...
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Does ever min hachai transfer to utensils?

This is a great question, which is debated by two of the great Acharonim. The gemara in Sanhedrin 74b considers that specific details of Jewish law might apply to Bnei Noach when they intersect with ...
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Who is the underlined square k certification

That's 1K Kosher, under the supervision of R' Menahem Hadad in Brussels, Belgium. They are listed on R' Eydlitz's KosherQuest as reliable, although CYLOR.
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Minhag of eating jelly doughnuts on chanukah

Wikipedia brings the following quote from Rabbi Maimon, father of the Rambam: "אין להקל בשום מנהג ואפילו מנהג קל. ויתחייב כל נכון לו עשות משתה ושמחה ומאכל, לפרסם הנס שעשה השם יתברך עמנו באותם ...
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What happens when a Jew eats non-Kosher food by mistake?

"Purification?" No. (And this kind of thinking has unfortunately lead to OCD in some people.) Technically, if I eat a non-kosher-slaughtered chicken, that renders me "ritually impure", and I can't ...
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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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