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What makes a smart phone "kosher"?

A good question, let me outline the situation in Israel: 20 years ago everyone used the same 2G Nokias, Sonys, etc. Some 15 years ago, with the latest developments in phone technology, namely SMS, ...
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Why does my bottle of Kosher grape juice say that it's 'for sacramental purposes only'?

The reason is to exempt it from Value Added Tax. See the regulation at this www.gov.uk site. The important bit says: 4.7 Food and drink for religious and sacramental use The existence of ...
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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh has an article on this in his Rationalist Judaism blog, here. The paragraph that probably answers your ...
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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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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

The Passuk (Vayikra 11,13) uses the phrase ואת אלה תשקצו מן העוף לא יאכלו when describing all birds bats and insects The word עוף essentially means "a being that flies" This is proven from Tehilim ...
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Why is meat only kosher if a Jew slaughters the animal?

It is explained in the gemara that if a nonJew slaughters an animal, it is as if the animal died by itself. This is because the non-Jew is not subject to the commandments, which include ritual ...
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Are locusts parve?

Fish and locusts are Pareve. Shulchan Arukh YD 87:3
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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 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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Why would muscovy duck be treif?

The kosher status of birds differs from that of animals and fish, in that there are no biblically based physical indicators and thus today the determination is made based on tradition (mesorah). Rabbi ...
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Is it permitted to bring bottled water from an outside source into a kosher dining hall?

My best guess is that it's the policy of the kosher dining hall to not allow outside food or drink to cut down on the amount of non-kosher food which comes in. To my knowledge, there's nothing wrong ...
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Would Noahides be required to eat kosher meat?

Your question seems to be predicated on understanding Bereishit 9:4 אַךְ־בָּשָׂ֕ר בְּנַפְשׁ֥וֹ דָמ֖וֹ לֹ֥א תֹאכֵֽלוּ׃‏ You must not, however, eat flesh with its life-blood in it. as a ...
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Is shechita done by Jews with prosthetic arms valid

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 7.1 rules that if someone attaches a knife to a heavy wheel, gives the wheel a big spin (whether using their hand or foot to do so!), and then puts the animal's neck in its ...
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Can 'cruelty to animals' render an animal not kosher?

R Moshe Feinstein (Even HaEzer IV:92:2) is against raising veal in inhumane ways. He doesn't say the meat is not kosher (see e.g., this answer on MY). Nevertheless, some (e.g., R Moshe Dovid Tendler, ...
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During Temple times, who can butcher a kosher animal?

Any Jew, not necessarily a kohen or levi, can slaughter an animal, with few exceptions (Chullin 1:1): הַכֹּל שׁוֹחֲטִין וּשְׁחִיטָתָן כְּשֵׁרָה, חוּץ מֵחֵרֵשׁ, שׁוֹטֶה, וְקָטָן, שֶׁמָּא יְקַלְקְלוּ ...
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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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How to suggest a kosher restaurant for a meeting?

In most cases, when this sort of thing comes up I say something like: "I have some dietary restrictions and wouldn't be able to eat there; could we meet at $other_restaurant instead?". For someone ...
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Are we permitted to trust the shechita of a shochet who doesn't keep kosher?

The Rambam in Hilchot Schechitah 4:14-15 appears relevant to your case A Jew who is an apostate because of his transgression of a particular transgression who is an expert slaughterer may ...
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Why is a Shechitah Knife termed a Chalaf?

A few possibilities. Ezra 1:9 מחלפים. Rashi says that מחלפים is knives and it comes from בית החלפות where the knives were kept in the Bais Hamikdash. Even Ezra and Metzudas David in Ezra 1:9 also ...
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What makes a smart phone "kosher"?

For Israel and the USA: TAG certifies individual phones in the USA with a holographic sticker. Israel has a vaad that prints their hechsher directly on the phone (as is appropriate to their stricter ...
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What is this "vvk" or "AAk" hechsher?

It is the hechsher of Rabbi A Adler of Gateshead UK, see http://www.hechshers.info/kashauth/147.htm
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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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How to kill Kosher grasshoppers

They don't need any particular sort of killing. (Okay there's also a concept of bal teshaktzu, "don't do gross things", that would include swallowing a live insect, but from a kosher ...
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Is it permitted to bring bottled water from an outside source into a kosher dining hall?

Without being able to ask the staff who sets the standards for your "kosher cafeteria", we can only speculate if it was truly not allowed to bring a water bottle in, or why. However, this is my best ...
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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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Are Jews allowed to deliver for food delivery apps?

You should ask your Rabbi for a final ruling on this matter. For those wondering what potential issues there might be, and angles for leniency, @Alex posted that Rav Aryeh Lebowitz has a lecture on ...
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Is Goat milk chalavi?

Yes, absolutely. If you think about it, the Torah verse about all of this talks about cooking a g'di in its mother's milk. Now while the Talmud reads that as referring to any young animal, most often ...
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Was the Paschal Offering roasted with or without the sciatic nerve and chelev?

This is a Korban, so the Chelev was burned on the Mizbeach. Regarding the Gid haNasheh, there is a famous disagreement between the Rambam and the Raavad (Korban Pesach 10:11): כשאדם אוכל את הפסח ...
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