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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Kashrut
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Thank you so much for your kindness and answering my shaila. I often buy fresh fruit cut up already at the market (Gelsons, Ralphs, etc.) It is my understanding that I may buy fresh fruit cut up at any supermarket or store because we assume that the knife they use is used only for fruit. So this shaila isn't about the cut fruit, but they have a designated area in the market where they cut up fruit and so all the things that they use in this area are for fruit (and fruit juice I think). So on Friday they washed for me a bunch of organic grapes, (from a bag of organic grapes from a certain company) and they took each grape individually off the stems and washed and put them in plastic containers for me. I think they washed the grapes as a whole bunch first and then took each grape off the stem and put them in the containers. So after thinking about it I thought that I better ask a shaila because I don't know if this will be permitted. Am I permutted to eat the grapes?l Maybe I should have had them take each grape off first and individually wash each one but I didn't so maybe could there be a problem with infestation? If so do I just throw them out and do it differently next time? Thank you so much Rabbi for your help and kindness. I always want to do the right thing.
Answer: The grapes may be eaten. Grapes are generally not infested to a degree that we would assume that there are bugs, it is merely a suspicion.
posted:2015-07-13 14:05:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - knife sharpener
Submitted by steve  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: is it necessary to have separate michig and fleishig knife sharpeners?
Answer: It is highly recommended, as a knife might be sharpened when not perfectly clean and grease would accumulate on the sharpener.
posted:2014-02-02 22:43:51  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Checking the shechitah knife
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom and thank you for taking my question. Is it required that the shochet check his knife both on the fingernail and the end of the finger on the flesh? If he only checks it on the fingernail, is the shechitah just as good?
Answer: The accepted procedure today is that Shochtim only  check a knife on their nail, and not on the flesh at all.
posted:2014-01-06 09:55:02  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Spices
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Do spices need a kosher sign? I got the one that the store packages? It's use to sparkle on top to enhanced flavor of food.
Answer:

Generally, all food products, including spices, should be certified. The intricacies of modern food production can create unimaginable issues with seemingly innocuous ingredients. Nevertheless, there are some spices which can be used without certification. The following link contains a chart of which do and don't. http://www.crcweb.org/spice_list.php

posted:2013-11-20 14:53:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kosher not mevushal wine
Submitted by renee reinharz  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Why did a rav that I know say it was problematic to use non-mevushal kosher wine, even with family at home? I received several bottles with fine hechshers and I'd like to know the problem before parting with them. Also, does that mean I shouldn't give this wine as a gift to a fellow Jew? Thank you for your time
Answer:

I'm afraid that it is difficult for me explain, you should ask the Rav who said it. If the wines truly have a fine Hechsher and will be consumed in a controlled environment, I see no problem with their non-Mevushal status.

posted:2013-11-14 16:38:09  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrus
Submitted by Jeremy Lynn  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If non-kosher wine got in a plastic bowl, does that bowl become not kosher? It's cold, but I know there's something different about wine
Answer: If the wine was cold and remained in the bowl les than 24 hours, the bowl is still Kosher and merely needs to be rinsed out.
posted:2013-10-18 08:27:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashrus
Submitted by JJ  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Thank you for this wonderful service. I mistakenly stirred some plain pasta that was cooking (boiling) in a fleishig pot with a milchig wooden spoon. The pot had not been used for a few days, but the spoon was used on cheese just a few hours earlier. Are they both treif? And if so, can I kasher them? Thanks!
Answer: The spoon is permitted, as it only received old Fleishig flavor from the pot. However, the pot must be Kashered, as it is Fleishig and now contains fresh Milchig flavor. You must thoroughly clean the pot, wait 24 hours, and immerse it in a vat of boiling water.
posted:2013-10-01 07:30:59  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashrus of cut lime in drink
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Recently I was on a domestic flight and I asked for a glass of water. The flight attendant brought it to me and said, "The water looked dead, so I put in a lime to freshen it up." I was wondering what would be the halacha? Would it be ok to drink the water? There's nothing really treif that they would use the knife to cut up on a domestic flight. Thank you very much
Answer: I would advise not drinking it. Assuming a lime is considered "charif", the knife very likely was washed in hot water together with non-Kosher items, and possibly used to cut non-Kosher food, in the past. Even though more than 24 hours may have passed, cutting a sharp food is still forbidden.
posted:2013-08-01 11:00:39  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrus
Submitted by Daniel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi, I inadvertently used fleishig plastic tongs (that were used for hot fleishigs the nite before) to lower eggs (in shell) into boiling water into a milchig pot (that was not used for milchigs within 24 hours). Did I treif up the eggs, tongs, or pot (or any combination thereof)? Tks in advance!
Answer: The tongs and eggs are permitted, because the Milchig pot does not have the ability to forbid anything without a sharp tatste due to the age of the absorbed flavor. The pot is also permitted; even though it receives fresh Milchig flavor, by the time it reaches the pot is is already nat bar nat (2 steps removed) and doe snot become forbidden. Rama YD 95:3
posted:2013-07-25 10:08:57  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Non-Kosher Supermarket
Submitted by Shmuel Dorr  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, haRav, Because I live in New Hampshire, I have to shop in non-kosher supermarkets. My question regards the issue of buying kosher fish from a display counter that also contains treifah foods. I noticed some fillets that were advertised as being tilapia, but had no skin on them. However, the man who runs the counter is recognized by his colleagues as being an expert in the field of identifying seafood, even when it is a complete fillet. Am I allowed to trust this man, and in a more general sense, what are the halakhot regarding purchasing fish in a non-kosher supermarket?
Answer:  

First of all, the name "tilapia" is often used to refer no numerous species of fish, not all of which are Kosher.

Secondly, we generally do not trust a gentile to make this identification; especially when he stands to gain by declaring it a potentially more expensive variety.

Furthermore, even if we were certain that this fish was Kosher, the knife used to cut it was very likely used previously to cut non-Kosher fish.

Generally speaking, Kosher fish should only be purchased with some skin attached to enable the identification of scales unless it is in a sealed container with a reliable Hashgacha. Additionally, it should be insured that the knife was scrubbed well with soap and water prior to cutting the fish. If the fish was already cut, the entire surface should be scraped off and washed well.

An additional issue that has arisen in recent years is that many otherwise Kosher species of fish may be infested with parasites that entail the prohibition against consuming bugs. There are various lists detailing which species from which countries are and are not problematic.

posted:2013-06-14 19:26:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Pareve Food-Basari Pot
Submitted by Shmuel Dorr  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Shalom, I am wondering if pareve food cooked in a basari pot may be eaten with chalavi food. Does it make a difference if sharp vegetables or spices were added to the pareve food? Additionally, is it considered bishul to add spices to a hamin on Shabbat?
Answer:  

If the pot had been used for meat within the 24 hours prior to cooking the pareve food, the pareve food should not be eaten together with dairy. However, it may be eaten immediately before or after and may be placed on a dairy plate.

If the pot had not been used for meat within 24 hours prior to cooking a non-spicy pareve food, the pareve food may be eaten together with dairy. However, if the pareve food was spicy, it may not.

posted:2013-06-14 18:25:39  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - double ovens
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I have a double oven stove. 1. i'm not sure if there are vents between the ovens, can i bake dairy in one and meat in the other, if the food i'm baking is covered? 2. Theres a vent of each oven coming out in back of the stove, next to the burners, can i bake something dairy while i cook meat on the stove?
Answer:   1) To the best of my knowledge, double ovens sold in the USA generally do not vent into each other and are not a problem. If both of the foods are covered, it is certainly permitted. 2) It's ok. By the time the vapors from the oven reach the stovetop they are so dissipated as not to be problematic.
posted:2013-05-03 08:30:34  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashering a stove
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I bought a house from a non jew and they left an electronic stove (with glass top), how can it be koshered?
Answer:

If by a "glass top" you mean that the elements are covered by a smooth sheet of glass such as the Corning Top, most Poskim hold that it cannot be Kashered and must be replaced. However, if you merely mean that the enamel coating on the surface under the grates is glass but the food and pots do not come into direct contact with it, it is irrelevant. Ideally the grates should be replaced or blow-torched, but strictly speaking as long as they were thoroughly cleaned with a caustic cleaner it is sufficient.

posted:2013-05-02 15:13:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - double oven
Submitted by Simi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hi. I have 1 stove that has 2 ovens (its not a wall oven, its a free standing double oven stove) 1. may i use one oven for dairy and one for meat? 2. if i bake something parve (like potatoe kugel or cake), can i transfer from one oven to the other? 3. How can i use the stove for dairy and meat?
Answer:

1) It depends whether they vent into each other, but generally it is permitted.

2) Yes, as long as the bottom of the pan is clean.

3) As long as the grates are clean from any residue, it is not a problem.

posted:2013-05-02 15:10:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Stam Yayin
Submitted by Arye Cope  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: While in a hotel on Pesach, my non menushal wine, that had been opened and used, but now had the cork on, was moved about 10cm across the table by the non jewish waiter. He was trying to tidy up and moved it in front of me. Can the wine be now drunk, if not, can it be given to a non jew as a gift? Thank you for your time.
Answer: You may still drink the wine. Since the wine was not moved with the intent of trying to move the wine but rather for the use of the place it occupied, it is not considered moving the wine and the wine is therefore permitted.
posted:2013-03-29 12:09:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


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