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Question No. 912
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 26 Jul 2005
The Question Does glass have to be kashered or can it just be used from non-kosher to kosher, chametz to Pesach? Is it better to eat from a treif earthenware mug belonging to a non-Jew than a Jew? If one is in a non-Jewish environment and someone offers hot coffee in a mug, may one drink it? thank you —Shulz, UK
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Question No. 906
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 21 Jul 2005
The Question L'Kvod Harav, I recently read an article in the NY Times- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/19/dining/19fruit.html?ex=1122609600&en=cb13c5b26020e33e&ei=5070&emc=eta1which it explains how fruits are now being labeled via laser instead of by the sticky labels. Would the Rav know if there Is any kind of halachick issue here? As usual all the time and effort put into this site is much appreciated. —Eli Barnett, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 870
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 5 Jul 2005
The Question We will be in Tsefat/Tevaria/Katzrin next month. What mehadrin hashgachas on restaurants are reliable? Should we look for a frum proprietor? —Anonymous, RBS
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Question No. 868
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 5 Jul 2005
The Question What is the status / reliability of the Mehadrin Yerushalayim hechsher? I have heard various statements and counter-statements. Also, someone I know said that his rabbi heard from the alleged second in command, so to speak, of Rav Machpud, that his hechsher was questionable. Does such a claim deserve any attention? Should I not expect, if this were true, that this man would bring his allegations to rabbanim and gedolim at large and something would be published? Or has there been news to such an effect that I have missed? I thank the Rav for his time. —Yisrael Kaniel, Bet Shemesh
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Question No. 867
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 4 Jul 2005
The Question In regards to Yayin Nesech: can the Rav please elaborate on the halachas that pertain to the following case. Is one allowed to taste wine at wine tasting event if the wine is from a good hashgacha and is NOT mevushal, but the person who pours the wine is Jewish but not religious (at least doesn't give the appearance to be so)? Would the case change if the non-religious person just opened the bottle, but one poured for oneself? —Anonymous, Yerushalayim, Israel
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Question No. 823
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 2 Jun 2005
The Question Kevod Harav, I would like to know the halachic details of kashrus to do with bishul goy and that which is fit for a kings table, how is it decided whether it is considered fit for a kings table where do we draw the line especially with modern day foods. Furthermore there is now bread in the UK which is made by goyim but has sefardi authoritys hechser on it, how do they get around taking maaser and bishul goy and is it permissable to stop buying kosher bread and buy this kosher 'bishul goy' bread on a regular basis. Please expand on all halachic implications. Thank you very much. This website is greatly appreciated —Mans, London
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Question No. 813
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 10 May 2005
The Question Why are you not allowed to serve fish and meat on the same plate? Thank you -Paul, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 812
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 10 May 2005
The Question I understand that at one time in history chicken was considered parve - is this true and why was the designation changed? Thank you -Paul, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 778
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 27 Apr 2005
The Question I have a hot water heater made of plastic. Nothing has ever entered it besides water. Am I allowed to use it to boil water for soup during pesach? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 771
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 18 Apr 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff, I recently saw a bottle of toilet cleaner which had a most obscure label "Raa-l Kasher Lepesach Behashgachat Habadatz". Poison - Kosher for Passover under BADATZ supervision. Surely, Poison is not fitting for a dog to eat - "Raooy leachilat kelev". Is this an indication of kashrus gone mad?? Please clarify. Thanks for your time. —Raphy Garson, HAR NOF
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Question No. 764
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 14 Apr 2005
The Question I have a two fold question...Let's say I work in an office that has a lunch room. I am sitting next to a non-onbervant Jew that is eating fleishig treif. I on the other hand am eating kosher cheese. This Jew asks for a bit of cheese. Can I give it to him? On the other hand, if the scenario happens and instead of a Jew, it is a goy. Can I give them the cheese? thank you. —Anonymous, Florida
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Question No. 744
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 31 Mar 2005
The Question The Case: One is invited for a Shabbos meal to a family that keeps kosher. However, there is a safek if hafrashas challah was made. To ask would be to embarrass the host. Is one allowed to eat from such a challah? —Meir, Sweden
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Question No. 672
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 18 Jan 2005
The Question I accidentally washed a dairy spoon in a dishwasher full of meat dishes. What is the status now of that spoon and the status of all of the other meat dishes that were in that dishwasher cycle with the dairy spoon (and, the status of the dishwasher, which is usually a meat only dishwasher). Thank you very much. —Anonymous, Florida
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Question No. 591
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Is it permissible to eat chicken or meat which is "lubavitch schita" if you yourself are not lubavitch? —Gad & Bracha Zarecki, Edmonton
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Question No. 568
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Dear Rav Leff, why is it necessary that a toothpaste (and other chemical products) should be kosher? Thank You. Warmly, Reuven Segal —Reuben Segal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Question No. 552
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question Is it permissible to eat off of dishes which have not been toiveled in the mikvah even though the food is kosher? If not, what do you do if there is a guarantee that the people will be insulted if you don't? —Anonymous, Toronto
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Question No. 547
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question I don't rely on Heter Mechira. What shall I do with wine that I received as gifts, which was produced with Heter Mechira. Thank You —Yosi, Jerusalem
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Question No. 542
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question If possible, please summarize the laws regarding how one may use the same oven for both meat and dairy foods, of course at different times. There seem to be many conflicting opinions about if/how to cover or wrap foods, double-wrapping, times to wait in between, etc. Thank you very much for this fantastic Web site. —Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 515
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 14 Nov 2004
The Question If anything that comes from a non-kosher animal is also not kosher why is bee honey kosher when it comes from a sheretz oaf which isn't kosher? Avi Zuckerbrod, Baltimore
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Question No. 513
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Is a Jew permitted to own a non-kosher animal as a house pet? What about a non-kosher sea creature - like a lobster or shrimp for a home fish tank? Jason, New York
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