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Question No. 1219
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 12 Mar 2006
The Question Thank you for the great website. Are flax seeds kosher for Pesach? I have heard some people say that its kitniyos but while flax seeds may be able to be grinded up, it certainly cannot be mistaken for flour or used to make bread —Zev, New Jersey
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Question No. 1213
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 10 Mar 2006
The Question Is is sufficient to clean a fork used for fish with a dry napkin and then use it for a meat/poultry dish? If not, is there any aitzah for an incident where I told someone that a particular fork was OK to use (which was used for fish and cleaned with a napkin but I'm not sure if the fork prongs actually penetrated the fish or just rubbed it) but after his 7-year old started to use it for a meat portion I had second thoughts if it was really permissible but still failed to inform anyone out of embarrassment. Was this Michshol Lifnay Iver and am I required to ask for mechila or to do anything else? Since it involved a katan does that change the status of mechila? Was this an aveira either Ben-Adam L'Mokomo or L'Chaveiro? —Anonymous, North America
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Question No. 1207
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2006
The Question Is it considered bishul akum, if a non-frum yid turned on an oven or stove top? What happens if there was a mashgiach wathcing? If it is bishul akum, may the food still be eaten. thank you very much. —Reuven, Las Vegas
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Question No. 1158
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2005
The Question Some of my students have mentioned that they chew gum which isn't kosher. They seem to think it's okay. Do they have anyone who they can rely on since in actuality they aren't swallowing the gum? —Anonymous, NY
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Question No. 1155
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 19 Dec 2005
The Question I went on vacation with my family and I brought kosher food along, but when I got to the airport, my food was confiscated. I couldn't get any kosher food in the place where I went, so I ate fish at a non-kosher restaurant. Is what I did permitted since the fish was kosher? —Jordan Scharf, Long Island USA
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Question No. 1133
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 24 Nov 2005
The Question Is waiting five hours and one minute after meat before eating milk a valid custom? (Sources would be helpful please) —Anonymous, New York, New York
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Question No. 1131
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 21 Nov 2005
The Question What is the status of the Rabbinate of Ashkelon in regards to soft drinks and teas? —Anonymous, yerushalayim
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Question No. 1051
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 22 Sep 2005
The Question Lichvod HaRav Shlita, Do you accept Atara poultry/ meat as reliable for Ashkenazim? Also, is HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita's hashgacha acceptable in restaurants for poultry? —Anonymous, RBS
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Question No. 1036
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 18 Sep 2005
The Question I am 19 and have just returned to my parents' house from learning in a seminary. I am now aware that my parents do not keep all the laws of kashrus properly, e.g., they use the same cloth for the meat and milk work surfaces, one microwave, fruit and veg not checked properly, not toyveled dishes and cutlery, same knife for veg whether meat or milk meal, etc. What should I do? Can I eat anything in our home and all my mother's food? They will be offended if I say something because they think their level of kashrus is fine. —Anonymous, Manchester, England
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Question No. 1035
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 18 Sep 2005
The Question There is a girl who has had a conservative conversion and is now working toward her orthodox conversion. She keeps mostly all of the mitzvot and keeps a kosher kitchen with dishes that she bought after her conservative conversion. The question is 1) Is food that she cooks by turning on the burner herself and using only kosher ingridients and utensils considered kosher? 2) If the food itslef is not considered kosher would the pots and pans be kosher for use by a jew or for use by her once she has completed her conversion. Thank You! —Anonymous
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Question No. 1015
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 8 Sep 2005
The Question Please explain the correct way to use a microwave that is also an oven for meat and dairy food uses. —Tammy, Jerusalem
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Question No. 986
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2005
The Question I've just received a whole lot of used Kosher drinking glasses that weren't Tovelled. Can I clean them in my dishwasher before Tovelling them? —steve Cohen, Jerusalem
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Question No. 982
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 23 Aug 2005
The Question I have been learning yoreh deah. I have gotten to the laws of treifos. What are they and what are the matters concerning them? —Arik, Norwich
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Question No. 968
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 18 Aug 2005
The Question Lchvod Harav Leff Shlit"a, What are the exceptable Mehadrin hechsheirim in the Golan and Galil areas? I understand Rav Aurbach is good for milchigs. Is this still true? And, who is exceptable for fleishigs? Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Yerushalaim
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Question No. 964
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 14 Aug 2005
The Question If a person is becoming frum, and can presumably make his/her own minhagim, what guidelines are there as far as which minhag to accept regarding time between Basar and Chalav? —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 960
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 9 Aug 2005
The Question I normally only eat Mehadrin Hechsarim, but I have family who I go to for Shabbos who buy food that has any hechshar on it. Is eating only mehadrin a chumra in which case when it contradicts shalom bayis maybe I shouldnt be so makpid, or is there a real concern that non-mehadrin food may be not kosher? Thank you. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 950
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question I tried to tune in to Kashruth #19 concerning R. Auerbach Chickens,but could not reach it. Could you send me a hard copy please? —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 937
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Shalom Aleichem Kvod haRav. There is a new hechsher certification I recently saw advertised called "Badatz Chomas haKashrus." I have heard conflicting opinions as to its reliability. Is it an accepted Badatz like the others? The same question regarding Achdut Yisroel (someone even told me this isn't a real Badatz). Thanks for the Rabbi's time and Hatzlacha Rabba. —Tal Zwecker, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel
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Question No. 936
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Is the hechsher Harav Machpod reliable for an Ashkenazi person and is it permissable to eat at a hotel where the mashgiach tells you one item is OK (i.e., mehadrin) but another isn't? —S. Goldsmith, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 915
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 27 Jul 2005
The Question I wanted to know if the answers you gave in past years regarding the mehadrin status of R. Auerbach chickens are still the case as of now. —Nechama, Yerushalaim
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