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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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Does one say "Shehecheyanu" on haadama fruit?

Gemara Eiruvin 40B: Rav Yehuda would say shehecheyanu on a new gourd. A gourd would have the brachah of borei pri ha'adamah. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:6 says that it should be a fruit that is ...
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What is the source for not leaving onions overnight and why don't some care?

Dose of Halacha explains: The Gemara (Nidda 17a) writes that it is dangerous to leave peeled garlic, onion or egg overnight due to ruach ra’ah, evil spirit. This halacha only applies if the ...
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Does salad require al netilat yadayim?

Shulchan Aruch HaRav O.C. 158:3 paskens that any food normally eaten without using ones hands directly does not require washing of hands without a Bracha. Salad, as far as I know, is eaten with ...
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Are the uncertified packaged pre cut vegetable and fruit platters in a non-Jewish store kosher

Here is an answer from Rabbi Eli Gersten from a previous issue of Jewish Action (OU): If your co-workers bought a fruit platter from a supermarket, you may partake of the fruit since you can ...
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Squeezing Fruits on Shabbos for Juice

Rabbi Ribiat discusses this in his sefer (The 39 Melochos), starting on page 333 (vol. 2). There are some fruits that are biblically forbidden, some that are rabbinically forbidden, and some that are ...
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Mefarshim here: Q1) Shadal there (it's a really long piece, worth reading in its entirety) opposes your understanding, as he notes the opinion that animals were prohibited from eating fruit, and ...
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Does Genesis 1:29 forbid ferns (fiddleheads) as food?

You are correct but after Adam was cursed then the plants themselves [and non-seed-bearing ones] were permitted too. It's explained in the Ramban there. https://www.sefaria.org/Genesis.1.29?ven=...
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Buying pre-cut ginger

Ginger is a davar charif as you suspected. This is found in Chayei Adam klal 49 siff 4, subsequently brought in Maadanei HaShulchan 96 2 s.v. 38. As far as the heter of cutting many sharp foods in a ...
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Do "triple washed" salad greens need to be inspected for bugs?

From a lecture heard at the STAR-K, given by Rabbi Tendler, there is no qualification halacha-wise for what "triple wash" means since there is no industry guarantee regarding what triple wash is ...
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What is the practical purpose of karpas?

Maharil (Minhagim Order of the Haggada 16) writes: הקשה מהר"י סג"ל הא דאמרינן טיבול ראשון למען ישאלו תינוקות, וכששואל מה נשתנה וכו', היאך משיבין לו עבדים היינו והא הטיבול אתא בשביל הנס. ואמר שנראה ...
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Do "triple washed" salad greens need to be inspected for bugs?

This article from Star K categorises vegetables into groups - 1) Permitted without washing or checking 2) Permitted only after peeling and/or washing 3) Permitted only after checking 4)...
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Are hydroponic produce typically checked for bugs?

Hyroponically grown produce is not grown in the air, but in a medium such as rockwool with liquid either run through it, or that it sits in. Typically, this is done indoors (e.g. in a greenhouse), ...
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Gardening produce - fertilizer with blood meal, kosher?

See Mishna Yoma 5, 6: הִזָּה עַל טָהֳרוֹ שֶׁל מִזְבֵּחַ שֶׁבַע פְּעָמִים, וּשְׁיָרֵי הַדָּם הָיָה שׁוֹפֵךְ עַל יְסוֹד מַעֲרָבִי שֶׁל מִזְבֵּחַ הַחִיצוֹן, וְשֶׁל מִזְבֵּחַ הַחִיצוֹן הָיָה שׁוֹפֵךְ עַל ...
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Is the use of the term "Glatt Kosher" a case of "Genivat Da'at"?

Not Lifnei Iver, as no one is being mislead into committing a sin. One could argue that it perhaps borders on false (or ignorant) marketing, when applied to products besides meat. However, as the ...
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Does anyone know about a recent brocolli bug problem?

There are various fruits and vegetables that kashrut organizations generally do not recommend. You can see the Chicago Rabbinical Council's positions on various fruits and vegetables here. Some ...
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Is one allowed to remove stems from vegetables or herbs on Shabbos?

Shmiras Shabbos K’hilchasa (3:35 and note 97): He brings down that it is mutar to remove the stems from tomatoes, plums, apples, pears, peaches, and cherries as long as this is done for immediate use. ...
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Can one buy lettuce and cabbages, etc. from a non-Jewish produce store?

The OU in discussing cut fruit at the office says it is permitted. If your co-workers bought a fruit platter from a supermarket, you may partake of the fruit since you can assume the supermarket ...
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Did the Arizal say we must not eat even plants?

Unfortunately, the article contains no citation to where the Arizal allegedly said this. However, given that the question is asked on the article's portrayal of the Arizal's view, we can answer it ...
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Why is it necessary to make a HaAdamah on Karpas?

Chazal do not give a definitive answer to this question. Rishonim do start to discuss it (see above comments, which cite Tos. Pesachim 114b, 115a, credit to Fred and DoubleAA), and I present the ...
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How to deal with internal inconsistency concerning vegetarianism in time of Noah

Cain sinned when he killed his brother. If he can kill a man he can kill an animal. Note that Cain brought vegetation as a sacrifice while Able brought sheep. The people in the time of Noah were ...
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Which produce is Kosher in Israel?

I'd like to add that when speaking about fruits and vegetables specifically, generally the shops will have a certificate displayed, if you can't see it ask them to point it out to you. In supermarkets ...
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Which produce is Kosher in Israel?

Shops and manufacturers have kashrut certificates, just like restaurants. And packed products also have them. The large chain supermarkets are kosher, except for "Tiv Taam". That one exists ...
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Does boiling lettuce remove insects?

The method you describe is not one of the recommended ones for checking lettuce. The critical issue is whether you would be killing bugs who would stay nested in the folds of the lettuce leaves. See ...
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What is the practical purpose of karpas?

Rabbi Mordechai Koster in his Sefer Gevuras Akiva writes that we use celery for Karpas since celery is a negative calorie food thus we are reminding ourselves that we worked in Egypt for no purpose, ...
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Does anyone know about a recent brocolli bug problem?

This is a real problem, and is neither particularly recent nor localized. Fresh broccoli has been a problem for years, across America. Due to the many crevices, it's impossible to check and find the ...
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What is the practical purpose of karpas?

According to the Rambam one is actually required to eat at least a kzayit. I think the Maharal in Gevurot Hashem in his discussion of the Ma Nishtana seems to interpret the mitzva as a way to make the ...
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If a vegetable is eaten raw only if it is in a salad, what bracha should I make on it if eating it plain?

It might be possible to infer this from the wording of the Mishna Berura 205 (1) [4] where he says: שלאטי"ן מעורב עם שמן וחומץ בפה"א אף בחיין. Lettuce mixed with oil and vinegar takes the ...
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Pesach: Kitniyos Plants

Certainly CYLOR for any practical halacha if someone is protein-deficient (though missing eight days likely won't be a make or break someone who has a relatively healthy diet for the vast majority of ...
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