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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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Why do we say hamotzi lechem min haaretz instead of min haadama?

A straightforward answer is provided by the Meiri (Beis HaB'chira, B'rachos 35a) and echoed by the Shita M'kubeztes (Brachos 35a), who write that the phrasing for each is based on verses pertaining to ...
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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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Why do we say hamotzi lechem min haaretz instead of min haadama?

The Shita Mekubetzes to Brochos 35a ask this, and explains that the choice of wording for the two blessings is in accordance with phrases found previously in Tanach - the blessing for bread is based ...
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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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May a person order food from a vegan restaurant

There are problems with food from a vegan restaurant. See this Chabad site A vegan restaurant would not have a hard time getting kosher certification. However, as long as there is no such ...
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Why does the use of horse manure as fertilizer not make produce non-kosher?

The manure is completely broken down and absorbed by the soil. An analogy can be made using the difference between honey and milk. Manure is actually that which is rejected by the non-kosher animal. ...
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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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vegetables, water, tomato juice and vegetable soup

The source for this is a Gemara in Berachos, 39a: אמר רב פפא פשיטא לי מיא דסלקא כסלקא ומיא דלפתא כלפתא ומיא דכולהו שלקי ככולהו שלקי Rav Pappa said "It is evident that beet-liquid is like a beet, ...
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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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vegetables, water, tomato juice and vegetable soup

What you describe is documented in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן נג - דין רטב ומשקה של פרות וירקות: סעיף ב': פֵּרוֹת שֶׁאֵין דַּרְכָּן לְבִשּׁוּל אֶלָּא לְאָכְלָן חַיִּין, אִם בִּשְּׁלָן, ...
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What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes?

People I know asked Reb Moshe Feinstein about instant potatoes and he said Ha'adama. His reasoning was that it still lookes like potatoes. Most chassidishe hechsheirim, who print their opinions on ...
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What bracha do we say on mashed potatoes?

According to this site, the bracha is ha'adama, no matter what: "There are some fruits and vegetables which even after a thorough mashing are recognizable due to their unique texture. The ...
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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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Why do we say hamotzi lechem min haaretz instead of min haadama?

As a contrast to the manna, which was described as "lechem min hashamayim." "Shamayim" goes with "aretz." Not to mention that's how the verse in Psalms (Borchi Nafshi, like we say after davening on ...
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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?

Shulchan Aruch 202:16 reads: On dried pepper and ginger… and anything that, like them, is not eaten except in a mixture, one says no b'racha at all. However, this seems not to be quite as ...
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What criteria decide what is "customary" to eat a vegetable raw with regard to its bracha?

The rules of berachos are dependent on the time and place. For example, in earlier times the bracha on carrots was shehakol since they were not eaten raw, whereas today their bracha is ha'adamah since ...
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Can vegetables/fruit be uncheckable?

I actually had lunch with a mashgiach over Shabbos. I can't cite all of his sources, but we actually discussed this and he told me the following: Because of environmental and health concerns, the ...
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Are french fries considered shalem?

The reason "Daver Shalem" gets priority can be for one of two reasons 1) The food item was created that way ("ברייה") an example could be a apple or even a grape. 2) That by taking the "Daver Shalem"...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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