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Question No. 392
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Does my pregnant wife have to take vitamins with a hechsher? Aharon Natinsky, Neve Yaakov
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Question No. 373
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question May one eat in a restaurant whose proprietor feels that the Lubavitcher Rebbe is the moshiach, if it is under a widely accepted hashgacha? Furthermore, is it permitted for a person to daven in a shul where the majority of the congregants feel that the Rebbe zt"l is moshiach, and perhaps participate in the recitation of Yechi? Dovid B., Long Island, NY  
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Question No. 368
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question Having just returned from Eretz Yisrael, I have found that most American  are completely ignorant of what the real differences are between mehadrin and non mehadrin hechsharim in Israel (for example, the “regular”Rabbunat Hechsher in Yerushalayim and Rabbunat Mehadrin Yerushalayim). Can the Rav please tell us in very practical terms what the differences are?   Are dairy restaurants that are not mehadrin just as problematic as meat restaurants? Adam, Cedarhurst, NY
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Question No. 341
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the Rav's view regarding the HECHSHER for Aurbach Chickens sold here in ISRAEL. I've heard from various opinions and as of yet have no clear PSAK to indicate whether these chicked meet mehadrin standards. Thanks. Anonymous, Israel
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Question No. 337
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question I am wondering about the issue of cholov yiroel milk. i have heard that the rabanim made a takono only to drink cholov yisroel milk, but in the early days of USA, because barely no cholov yisroel milk was available, Rav Moshe Feinstein made a heter that because the government law was so stringent that only cows milk may be used, one could drink non-cholov yisroel milk. My question then is did Rav Moshe Feinstein say that the hetter was only available then, or is it also now ok to drink non-cholov yisroel milk? Furthermore, if it is that because kosher milk is widely available that it is now only right to drink cholov yisroel milk, if one were to travel to a remote area where no cholov yisroel milk was available, could one drink this milk? I thank the Rav and the webmaster very much for their time; much appreciated! Gila, London, UK
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Question No. 264
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question What are the guidelines for having a non Jewish live in maid / babysitter as far as kashrus is concerned ? Thanks!! T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 254
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question A follow up to my onion question (241): A sfardi relative was staying with us (ashkenazim) and she cuts part of the onion away. I noticed this after she had spent a significant amount of time with us. By that point, there was no way of identifying which dishes or utensils she had used. Does this cause any problem for me as far as needing to rekasher or throw out my dishes or can I rely on the sfardic opinion as a kula? Thank you again. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 248
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question I've learned recently about the concept of M'Tamtem HaLev, and how careful we have to be about insects in our salads etc.. My question - if you go into a kosher restaurant, supervised by a reliable vaad hakashrus, can you eat the salads etc... freely without losing sleep over insects? It is my understanding from a recent shiur that if I go into a pizza shop and get a broccoli slice, even if the place is checked by the mashgiach, that a bug in the slice, eaten inadvertently, will cause M'Tamtem HaLev. Also, I've heard from a maggid shiur that we can't eat broccoli and cauliflower today, that's its nearly impossible to remove bugs from it - is this accurate? Zev, Woodmere, NY
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Question No. 241
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question When cutting an onion with a particular knife (i.e. meat or milk), does the entire onion take on the status of the knife or can you use the other half of the onion for the opposite food by cutting off the part that touched the first knife? I did not learn this in depth, but I did see in Yorah Deah 96:1 that it seems this is a possibility. However, I am not sure if we hold this way. Also are there any other foods besides onion, garlic and hot peppers that fall into this category that may not be obvious? Additionally, please explain if there is a difference between Ashkenazim and Sfardim in this halacha? Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 212
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2003
The Question I they have just started to sell chicken & turkey - meat in our local Kosher store under the hashkoche of Rav A. D. Auerbach of Tiberias, Eretz Yisrael.... We normally only have meats with the hashkoche of Rav Segbach Strassbourg now I just wanted to know if you know anything about Rav A. D. Auerbach & if it is a Reliable Hashkocho Thank you for your time. David Sasson, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Question No. 152
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question The posuk in parshas Trumah says, "Don't cook a kid in its mothers milk", but the targum says, "don't eat meat in milk". Why does the Targum seemigly change the posuk? Eating and cooking are two different things, and why is it more general by referring to meat, and not just a kid? Thank you. Anonymous, Modiin, Israel
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Question No. 125
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question I have heard different opinions regarding the kashrut of asparagus and brussels sprouts. Could the Rav please elaborate and say how he holds. Thank you. David, Pennsylvania
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Question No. 124
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question What is the situation with the Rav Auerbach Mehadrin hechsher that is seen on Tnuvah chicken products and elsewhere? I have heard from some individuals that the hechsher is unreliable. Is this true? If so, why? Yisrael Kaniel, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 88
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Why is the meat of fish considered parve, and the meat of beef and fowl is flaishig? Also, why do we have to use different dishes and silver from one to the other? Anonymous, North Miami Beach
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Question No. 65
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is skin considerd halakicly edible (ie, when ones lips are peeling)? Suri Brebam, Cedarhurst, NY
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Question No. 39
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Hello, I am B'nai Noah who is considering conversion to Judaism and I would like to know if it is possible to kosher my dishes, pots & cutlery. Is there a difference depending on a type of material example metal glass corning ware etc? Lila, Toronto
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Question No. 26
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question I would like to piggy-back on question #14 regarding drinking coffee from a vending machine. I asked the following question to ou online: A coffee machine that gets the coffee from a little sealed cup that is inserted and then combines it with hot water which then pours out into your cup from one spout. Some of the flavors are kosher and some not, is one permitted to drink a kosher product or not, since the non-kosher flavors comes out from the same place? They answered me as followed: Rabbi Belsky, has ruled that any possible non-kosher ingredient has become Botul. And so if your machine is used for coffee only you may use it to get kosher coffee. What is the Rov's opinion? Thank you. Yitzi Padawer, Staten Island
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Question No. 20
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question I've been checking my eggs for bloodspots ever since I learned that halacha. But it just dawned on me that we may eat hardboiled eggs without checking them for blood before we boil them. Was is this permissable (or is it?) Another question: If someone offers me watermelon at their home, and they do not keep kosher, is there any way I can gracefully accept it, and eat it? Do I have to worry about the knife being treif (the watermelon is cold), and do I have to maaser it first, and worry about anything else? If I do have to maaser it, can I just separate a bit surrepetitiously, or do I have to say the whole girsa? I feel a bit uncomfortable doing it in front of my friend. Thank you very much. S D, Rishon Letzion
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Question No. 14
Category Kashrus (Kosher Laws)
Date Posted Mid 2002
The Question Shalom, Rabbi, and thank you for providing this opportunity. In the office where I work, there's a coffee machine that sells coffee, tea, cappuchino, espress, etc. It tastes great, and is heavily subsidised, so I drink alot of the stuff and it keeps me going. My question is like this: If I have a shwarma for lunch, can I drink an espresso (or any of the coffee for that matter) without milk? Or is there a problem with milk & meat, even though I pressed the "coffee with sugar, no milk" button? The machine belongs to the "Mashkar" company, and sells Elite coffee. The # I saw on the machine was 1800-221-319. I wouldn't know what to ask, but I was hoping that the Rabbi could check this out for me. Thank you. Yoel Naiman , The Galil, Israel
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