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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Cooking Milchig and Fleishig in the same oven
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the oven is "self-cleaning", it is enough to run the self-clean cycle. If not, the oven should be cleaned well and heated to the highest temperature for around an hour.
posted:2010-05-03 17:34:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashrut
Submitted by Dorothy  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Assuming some of the other items in the dishwasher were dirty from fleishigs, the residue made your formerly pareve pot fleishig. The pot may be kashered, but is it practically complicated to kasher a large pot and you should ask a local Rav to assist you.
posted:2010-05-02 19:57:10  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - vitamin supplements
Submitted by aliza  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Generally speaking vitamins should be Kosher even when swallowed. If they are required to treat a serious condition there may be grounds to be lenient and a Rav should be consulted regarding the specific condition and treatment.

posted:2010-04-12 23:17:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrut
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Presumably the knife was cold so it is not necessary to do more than wash it well.
posted:2010-04-08 23:15:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Ice Cream
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

First of all Reb Moshe never permitted a davar hamaamid added by a goy, because davar hamaamid is not batel. What he did allow was allowing a goy in his factory to add an insignificant amount of non-Kosher ingredient which is batel l'Halacha, where the only issue is ein mevatlin issur l'chatchila which does not apply to a goy. Even regarding this Reb Moshe himself wrote that while it is permitted according to Halacha, it is not proper to do (mechuar hadavar).

To the best of my knowledge all reputable hechsherim will only certify a product where all its ingredients are Kosher and will not rely on this kula of Reb Moshe by itself; certainly this is the OU's position. However under certain circumstances the will use Reb Moshe's heter as a mitigating circumstance, such as if the method used to kasher the machinery is questionable and subject to a machlokes, if the factory is non-Jewish owned and at least 24 hours have elapsed since the equipment was last used for non-Kosher products they may at times rely on this questionable process where they would not allow a Jew to rely on it.

posted:2010-03-17 05:40:58  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Eating Kosher
Submitted by Shirley  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: First of all it is important to point out that accompanying the written "scripture" is the Oral Tradition which is part of the foundation for all Jewish Law. Additionally in this case the Torah repeats the prohibition 3 times, from which the Sages explained refers to three separate prohibitions: not to cook them together, not to eat them together and not to derive any benefit from their mixture. The reference to a "kid" is explained to refer to all lactating animals, the prohibition of fowl with milk is or Rabbinic origin.
posted:2010-02-07 18:48:38  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Blood
Submitted by Tzvi Friedman  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: As long as there is no risk of actually consuming blood, there is no issur. While we find numerous harchakos miD'Rabannan from issurim, they are practical protections from the actual issur and would not apply to a nes where the Yidden could be confident that Hashem was not creating a nes to trap them in an aveira.
posted:2010-01-04 15:46:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Silicon Cookware
Submitted by YW  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Presuming the pan did not come into direct contact with actual, edible milchig residue, the pan may still be considered Pareve.
posted:2010-01-04 13:59:03  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrut of loose teas
Submitted by Nadav  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

According to the OU's website "All teas, regular, decaffeinated and herbal, that do not list artificial or natural flavorings or colorings in the ingredients are acceptable without any Kosher supervision or certification."

posted:2009-12-30 10:31:37  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kashrus:turkey
Submitted by Tzvi Schneider  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Well there certainly is no tradition on turkey dating back to Har Sinai, since the turkey is native to America and was unknown until 500 years ago. However similar, related fowl were known and eaten in the Old World. The issue arises "how does Halacha classify species/min"? The accepted psak is that the Torah definition of a "min" is much broader than the scientific term "species", and the turkey qualifies as larger variety of chicken, much as cows may be long-horned or short and many various colors, and they all are included in the tradition to eat cattle.
posted:2009-12-28 20:45:56  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Kosher Vegetables
Submitted by avi  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is advisable not to purchase cut fruit from a market that has no Kosher supervision because the knife may have been used previously in the meat or fish department. If necessary they fruit should be scraped clean at home. Packaged lettuce would only need a hechsher if it is from Israel and has issues of Teruma and Maaser or if you want to eat it without checking for insects. OU by itself generally indicates a Pareve product, unless it obviously isn't.

posted:2009-12-27 09:09:21  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - milk after meat for ill
Submitted by shoshana  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: She need not wait 6 hours, however she must make a beracha achrona at the end of the fleishig meal and a new beracha rishona (if necessary) on the supplement. Additionally she should eat and drink a pareve food and drink in between to clean out the mouth of any fleishig residue, and I would recommend also brushing the teeth. If possible, she should wait at least one hour after the meat before eating milchigs.
posted:2009-11-18 21:49:14  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - vitamins
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

Yes. While some Poskim are lenient with swallowed pills to consider them a non-food item that does not require hashgacha, there are NO grounds to be lenient with flavored chewable vitamins.

posted:2009-10-30 08:25:16  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - vitamins
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: I would not recommend taking ANY vitamins without a hechsher. While there are some grounds to be lenient and consider a swallowed pill different than an food that is eaten, it is not advisable to rely on this opinion except for regarding important medications and not just for vitamins. Additionally today it is possible to find most vitamins with an acceptable hechsher and there is little necessity to rely on leniencies.
posted:2009-10-25 18:59:27  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Listerine Breath Strips
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: They would be no worse then mouthwash or toothpaste, although some opinions require a hechsher on mouthwash and toothpaste.
posted:2009-10-16 11:44:08  (0) comments   email to a friend


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