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Eating in a restaurant that is not under the beth din

It would seem to be that this establishment is not to be patronized and or trusted to be serving kosher food unless they have a kosher certification. This is based on a rule enacted by the Vaad Ha'...
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Ashkenazim drinking from the glass in non-kosher restaurants

As you said -- Shulchan Aruch allows one to use a cold, clean non-kosher dish or cup "derech arai" -- occasionally. No taste will transfer, and if only done on rare occasion, we're not concerned you ...
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Mashgiach and a restaurant staying open on Shabbos

Yes a Mashgiach can enter a restaurant, hotel or factory on Shabbos for the purpose of supervising. It happens all the time. In Israel too. (Source: Experience and people I know who have done it and ...
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Restaurants opening on fast days

The Shach (7) to Yore Dea 87:4 says clearly there is no marit haayin when there is a evident possibility that you are doing something permitted, for example cooking for the sick. This is based on the ...
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Did I steal anything by eating from someone else's all-you-can-eat order?

The only analogue I can think of offhand (not that I know vast areas of Torah) — that is, where someone has contracted for an unlimited amount of a product within a finite amount of time — ...
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Restaurants with hechsher for locusts

I wrote to Dr. Ari Greenspan and R' Dr. Ari Zivotofky, who have hosted "Mesora Dinners," serving foods with interesting Halachic statuses, in various places. As far as they know, there are no kosher ...
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What qualifications are necessary to become a mashgiach?

A woman is permitted (as they are also required to eat Kosher therefore they can supervise on this). Someone who is not Shomer Shabbat cannot be (as you cannot trust them). The kashrut authority will ...
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any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?

They are committing fewer transgressions though I believe it's controversial whether or not the ones that remain are more/less severe since there are texts that indicate that rabbinic prohibitions are ...
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

I think you're missing the most important issue: The pots been used to cook the food may have recently been used to cook unkosher food - and thus render the food unkosher. While we normally assume ...
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What are the kashrut issues with kosher food at a non-kosher restaurant?

According to Rabbi Yitzchak Abadi, there is no issue with Maarith Ayin. Here are some quoted examples and responsa. Some of these responsa are from his son A Abadi. Example 1: Questioner: How can you ...
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Halachos of a gastropub?

As discussed elsewhere, Rabbi Heinemann's opinion is that it's a problem if it's mainly known for the non-kosher stuff. Do a reasonable amount of people go in there for just beer? If so, you should ...
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Are Dunkin Donuts Coolatas kosher?

The CRC says: Coolata (Dunkin Donuts): Not all are certified kosher. Only recommended when purchased from a kosher certified location. I would read that as saying it depends on the flavor, ...
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If a restaurant is already halal, how much more work is it for them to become kosher?

My understanding of Halal (and therefore take that with a significant grain of salt - but I did read an article about it once) is that it would actually make things more complicated. The supervision ...
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Must I check the kashrut certificate every time I visit a bakery or restaurant?

You should check that the Kashrus certificate is available and not expired, each time you go. Many of the kashrus agencies now have signature stamps AND holographic stickers on them to ensure that it'...
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Kosher items to stock in a cafeteria

Generally, any pre-packaged cold foods that have a kosher symbol on them are fine. The 3 widely used kosher product symbols are "OU", "OK" and "Chaf K". (I won't delve into the various opinions of who ...
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Can Kosher Be Cooked nearby Non-Kosher?

This is a question you should be asking to kashrut agencies, for instance OU OK Star K or see this broader list of agencies Personally I am nearly certain this is impossible because of the risks of "...
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What are the potential halachic problems eating in a vegan restaurant without hashgacha?

Not sure if this is a subset of (2), but yayin neshech would be a potential problem. Grape juice is used in a lot of foods, causing kashrut problems.
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What qualifications are necessary to become a mashgiach?

There are at least three positions most people refer to when they say mashgiagh. The following are things I've heard from my Rebbeim and fiends who are in the hashgacha business. The person who's ...
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Is there maris ayin in ordering a drink from a non-kosher restaurant?

R Chaim Cohen here and dinonline here both understand R Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 1:96) as allowing one to have a drink in a coffee shop that sells non-Kosher food, as others will assume that ...
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What qualifications are necessary to become a mashgiach?

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ruled that a woman may be appointed as a mashgicha. See 2 teshuvos beginning here
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any point to avoiding meat and shellfish at non-kosher restaurants?

What to do if you are stuck and there is nowhere other to eat than such a restaurant? In such a situation should you avoid the non-kosher animals and eat just vegetables? Well there's a biblical ...
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May a person order food from a vegan restaurant

This article by Nishmat's Rabbi David Sperling explains the issues of non-kosher utensils and bishul akum (2 and 4 from the Chabad site) more in-depth, including when they apply. He also goes into a ...
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What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?

Having worked as a mashgiach for 4 years or so now, in a variety of restaurants and agencies, I can say that it varies somewhat. Often, the mashgiach is tasked with working the cash register or ...
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