Halacha Tag: kosher

Practical Applications

A utensil that never touches food directly (such as the grate on a stovetop) does not require tevila.[1] A utensil which is always used with something covering it, such as a toaster rack that always has silver foil on it, still requires tevila, since the covering is insignificant, and is considered to be part of […]

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The New Reality of Nuri

The joke goes that on Pesach there is nothing to eat, and on Sukkot there is nowhere to eat. On Shavuot we are too tired to eat, on Purim we are too drunk to eat and on Chanukah the food is much too oily and fattening to be able to eat. On Rosh Hashana there […]

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Gid Hanashe and The Spiritual Fight Throughout History

“Therefore, the children of Israel should not eat the displaced tendon/sinew (גיד הנשה)”. the Torah commands us to refrain from eating Gid Hanashe, not merely as a reminder of Yaakov Avinu’s fights with the Angel of Esav, who is the Yetser Hara, the evil inclination; but as a message for the future: the spiritual damage […]

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Introduction to Koshering Utensils

There are different materials that a utensil can be made out of. Some materials can absorb taste – beliot, and some cannot. If a utensil has beliot that one wishes to remove, the utensil needs to be koshered. The Torah writes (במדבר לא:כב-כג): “אך את הזהב ואת הכסף את הנחשת את הברזל את הבדיל ואת […]

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Pat Akum – Bread of a Non-Jew

The Mishna (עבודה זרה לה) writes that it is forbidden for a Jew to eat Pat Akum, bread baked by a non-Jew baker. Rather one must only buy Pat Yisrael, bread baked by a Jewish baker. The main reason written in the Gemara is that bread is a very important part of daily life, and […]

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Ben Yomo

A pot which has had hot food in it within the last 24 hours is called a ben yomo. If it did not have hot food in it within 24 hours, it is called an eino ben yomo. The taste of food that was absorbed in a pot changes from within 24 hours to after […]

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Pots and Pans

When one cooks meat in a dairy pot (or vice versa), if the pot has been used in the past 24 hours with hot dairy, the meat that was cooked in it is biblically prohibited, and the pot needs to be koshered. If the pot was not used in the past 24 hours, it is […]

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