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I heard from one of the Star- K Rabbis. In the name of Rav Heineman that it depends on whether all its nutrients are from the dead animal. The Cordyceps mushroom which in nature is complelty dependent on the catappilar it takes over is not kosher because kol hayotzim meihatami tamei. Though at the time only cordyceps mushroom was described as not kosher so I ...


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This edition of Chizkuni says it means אישפו"ט which means נקר, which is a woodpecker.


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R. E. Melamed in this article takes it as a given that chevrotains (mouse deer) are kosher. R. N. Slifkin in this blogpost also assumes as much.


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To answer question number two. Interestingly, according to one opinion, it is not the kosher status of the bison which makes the beefalo kosher, but the opposite. The fact that a bison can produce a beefalo with a known kosher species is what makes the bison kosher. See here A possible way to circumvent the Chazon Ish's need for a tradition is based on the ...


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I came across this here where after defining the mechanics of crossbreeding etc., and from which types of people a Jew can or cannot benefit from, he writes: The Beefalo Relatively recently, a new hybrid was developed, which is a cross between the ordinary beef cattle and a North American bison, which Americans colloquially call a buffalo. Is it permitted ...


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I was just about to pop the last batch of popcorn from kernels I recently bought at a mehadrin market in Eretz Yisroel. My hand came out covered in weird webbing so I dumped the kernels in a colander and found one live larvae about 5 cm long and a dead one about 3 cm long. Upon closer inspection, I further found that about 10 of the kernels had been hollowed ...


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Rav Pesach Feinhandler in Avnei Yasfei 3:76 writes that he does not see why teshuva doesn't help. He brings a proof from chelev(forbidden fats) that if one ate cheilev (shogeg) he can bring a korban chatas and the Torah (Vayikra 4:35) already says that one gets a kapparah(atonement). If one can get a kapparah by chelev which has an issur of kares ,then ...


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There is a famous story about Rb Akiva Eiger in which a boy was unable to progress with his learning and it was determined this was because he had eaten non-kosher food at a chasunah (by mistake). I believe the tikkun recommended by Rb Akiva Eiger was for the boy to go into galus to learn Torah (i.e. to go to a far away yeshiva). The idea behind this seems ...


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