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Question No. 1634
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 15 Mar 2009
The Question In regards to the OU chickens in Israel. What are the results of your investigation? Would you recomend them to the public? —Moshe Machuca, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1627
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 9 Mar 2009
The Question A talmid chochom of my acquaintance who works as a "magiah" of tefillin and muzuzos told me that the uncle of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, the author of the book "Canfei Yonah", was a sofer who wrote using a metal pen instead of the quill universally used today. He thinks that therefore there is no halachic problem writing with a metal pen and it would even produce more consistent writing, but, for want of a better expression, it is not considered "yeshivishe" to do this today. Can the Rav elaborate. I find the idea confusing. It seems to me it is either correct halachically or prohibited. —Shimon Frais, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 1579
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 15 Dec 2008
The Question Lichvod to The Rav. I listened to your shiur on The Gid HaNasheh for parshas Vayishlach 5764 where you mention that the menaker has to break the thigh bone in order to extract part of the Gid. I was thinking, how would we remove the gid with a korban Pesach being that one of the requirements is not to break any of the bones of the korban? —Mordechai Bendon, Maale Adumim
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Question No. 1566
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 4 Dec 2008
The Question What is the situation with the OU Chicken shechted in Israel? Are they mehadrin like we are used to in Israel? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1542
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 13 Nov 2008
The Question If I understand right, Yerushalayim mehadrin is OK, but both Chasam Sofers are not. I have an article from the 28th of August that implies (regarding Cafe Rimon) that Yerushalayim Mehadrin allows its restaurants to use both Chasam Sofers. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1540
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 12 Nov 2008
The Question I need help. There are a lot of diet pills out there and it's really hard to tell if they are kosher. The following two sites are examples of what I'm looking for, but I don't see ingredients. can you take a look and tell me if I can take them? —Ahuva Wiedermann, Spring Valley, NY
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Question No. 1521
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 30 Aug 2008
The Question Are all dairy items that are certified by Badatz Eida haChareidis of Yerushalayim cholov yisroel, even without the label stating this; or does Badatz certify cholov stam products as well? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1520
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 29 Aug 2008
The Question Rabbi Leff: I really need your help. I am in vacation in Brazil and have just caught what appears to be the most delicious piranha. The question is, can I eat it? I am an observant jew, and would never eat the treif. Please advise as soon as possible. Best, Daniel "the Hatchet" Machet —Daniel Machet, Johannesburg
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Question No. 1465
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 5 May 2008
The Question L'Chavod Harav, why is it mutar to eat canned tuna fish, when Rav Henkin and Rav Moshe both asser it? I know that Rav Aharon and Rav Soloveitchik both paskened it's OK, but I am wondering why, especially by the din d'oraisa of bedikas simonim. —Yosef Chaim, New York
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Question No. 1459
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 28 Apr 2008
The Question I have a regular electric water boiler (kettle). I use this boiler to pour the boiling water onto raw meat in order to cook it. I then want to use the remaining water from the boiler into a cup of coffe. Can I put milk into this cup of cofee and drink it? —Gabriel Furman, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1452
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 14 Apr 2008
The Question What is the status of food cooked, b'ymei chol, in a home that is not shomer Shabbos, assuming one knows and trusts the knowledge and practice of the 'kitchen kashrus' of the people involved? —Dov, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1432
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 15 Dec 2007
The Question Is it problematic to fill up a non-kosher plastic container, which is used only for water, but is washed in a non-kosher dishwasher, with hot water, but which is under yad soledes bo, if it is going to be boiled, in kosher kalim to warm up the food, but is not going to directly touch the food? A buffet stand for example. —Reuven, Las Vegas
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Question No. 1387
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 9 Aug 2007
The Question L'Kovud HaRav. We are yeshivish and mainly for appearance keep strictly Cholov Yisroel at home even though we hold by R' Moshe Feinstein zt"l and the Chazon Ish etc. We do have non Cholov Yisroel items but keep it discreet and of course separate from our kitchen. We don't want any negative effects on our children in terms of their friends and the community, but are wondering how to explain everything to them in terms of sometimes saying we can't buy an item and so forth but other times we can. Or is it better to just keep strictly Cholov Yisroel around them until they are older and then tell them where we stand though they may want to accept it upon themselves anyway at that time. The Rav's outlook on the entire matter would be appreciated. —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1385
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 8 Aug 2007
The Question Are there any problems buying coffee at Starbucks? —Anonymous, Miami FL
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Question No. 1383
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 8 Aug 2007
The Question Rabbi Leff, I was just wondering what the accepted custom is with regard to gelatin. I have been doing a little research, and I've seen that Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzenski, (I think) brings it down that it was acceptable. But, I also saw that Reb Moshe, and Reb Aharon Kotler assured it. So, I just want to know practically what the din is. Can I eat non kosher gum, which is only non kosher because of the gelatin? What about Jello? Thank you. Hatzlacha. — Avi, Las vegas
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Question No. 1363
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jul 2007
The Question The website of your Moshav refers to a list of hechsherim approved by Rav Leff. Is this list private or would you be willing to have it posted on this website or that of the Moshav's for the benefit of the Tzibbur? Many thanks —Anonymous
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Question No. 1356
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 10 Jun 2007
The Question L'chvod Rav Leff Shlita, Does the Rav know what the current status of Mehadrin Yerushalayim is? —Married, Learning in Yerushalayim, Ramat Eshkol
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Question No. 1346
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 2 Jun 2007
The Question Our minhag is to wait six hours between meat and dairy. How long do children need to wait? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1344
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 31 May 2007
The Question L'Kovud HaRav. I was wondering why when people found out about the bugs in New York water they had always been drinking they ran to get filters etc. but there was no great out cry or call for introspection etc. as to how a community could stumble inadvertantly in kashrus, but when that butcher sold treif meat there was a massive out cry from Rabbonim as to how such a thing could occur (I don't mean in kashrus policies, but in the community looking at their deeds and so forth in order to see what chisoron could ahve brought them to the incident). Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1324
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2007
The Question L'Chavod HaRav, Does one need to use separate trivets (the things that go under hot pots and pans when putting them on a table) for both meat and dairy? —Yosef Chaim, New York
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