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I recently got one of these as a possible replacement for my crock pot but I have not used it yet. While I can't give a sourced halachic answer, I'll share some pictures and point out some things that would concern me in considering dual use. The pot consists of three main pieces: the heating element (with control panel), the pan you actually put food in, ...


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Shut Yad Elyahu (of Lublin) (45) says that human flesh was never permitted to be eaten - either to Adam, nor Noah, nor their descendants.


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The Ibn Ezra in his Yesod Morah v'sod Torah chapter 8 writes that it is impossible to know all the reasons in one shot and some mitzvos are hidden and concealed and only a few select can know the reasons. He also explains that if one did not observe the commandments without first knowing the reasoning then that can be compared to a child who will not eat ...


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As I mentioned in this answer, Ibn Ezra writes the following in his commentary to Exodus 20:1: וחלילה חלילה שתהיה מצוה אחת מהן מכחשת שקול הדעת רק אנחנו חייבים לשמור כל אשר צונו השם בין שנגלה לנו הסוד בין שלא נגלה ואם מצאנו אחת מהן מכחשת שקול הדעת אינו נכון שנאמין בו כי הוא כמשמעו רק בספרי חכמינו ז"ל נבקש מה טעמו אם היא על דרך משל ואם לא מצאנו זה כתוב נבקש ...


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I see no one posted my comment so I will post as an answer. The gemara in Sanhedrin 59b writes "Ein davar tameh yored min hashmayim ". A non-kosher item does not descend from heaven. Context of the gemara (Sefaria translation): The Gemara asks: Is there such a thing as meat that descends from heaven? The Gemara answers: Yes, it is like this incident: ...


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This is the introduction of the Ibn Ezra's Commentary of the Torah. The following is but one quotation from it, and the rest of the Ibn Ezra's writings, that would completely contradict the notion that the Ibn Ezra would subscribe to such an opinion: עוד, מי ספר לנו כי ימי החדש על שלושים יום ספורים? כי הנה יהודה הפרסי חבר ספר, ובחשבון השמש השנה ...


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Rambam does indeed explain the health benefits of the various kosher laws in Guide for the Perplexed 3:48: I maintain that the food which is forbidden by the Law is unwholesome. There is nothing among the forbidden kinds of food whose injurious character is doubted, except pork (Lev. xi. 7), and fat (ibid. vii. 23). But also in these cases the doubt is ...


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Challenge accepted. Below is the full passage from Ibn Ezra: "...The second category (of commandments) are commands which are hidden, and there is not explained why they were commanded. And God forbid, God forbid that there should be any one of these commands which goes against human intelligence. Rather, we are obligated to perform all that God commands, ...


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You are right and AlBerko's answer is right. Mana is kosher for each of these three reasons: because it if provided directly by Hashem, because He said to eat it, and because it is not non-kosher. The Gemara in Chulin (5a) says that the meat provided to Eliyahu by the ravens was kosher because it was specifically brought to him by Hashem's word: לימא ...


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Mahn is a "natural" product. It's similar to a fruit or vegetable. It was a product that fell from the sky and was untouched by humans, in the same way that any fruit or vegetable is. It was not any type of animal that needed to be slaughtered. Except for the possibility of bugs and other insects, I haven't seen a single rav or kashrut org. require any ...


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Simply put, it appears that the main rule is that everything is Kosher unless prohibited. So if Mannah does not fall under any prohibition (mainly coming from an unKosher animal) it's deemed Kosher. Not the other way around. Is bubble-gum or Cola Kosher if it's not on the Torah Kosher list? Yes, if there are no prohibited ingredients in it. Same with Manna ...


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The halachot of an oven are much more lenient that one of a dish, since there is no contact between the food and the oven. The real issues are regarding the oven tray which touches the food or dish and transmits taste - and possibly any recent projections of (non-kosher) food on the walls. As such a clean oven not used for 24 hours, or having undergone ...


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