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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - 24 hour time out?
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

One may not use a non-Kosher pan even if it has not been used for 24 hours; however food that was cooked in it does not become treif and may be eaten. The exception would be if the new food was very spicy, because then we say that the spicy flavor invigorates the stale treif taste and renders the food forbidden to eat.

posted:2009-02-08 00:59:11  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - counters of new house
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the counter was clean and dry the utensils are all Kosher, because the non-Kosher flavor can not travel from one vessel to another without an intermediary.
posted:2009-02-08 00:57:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Chalav akum is unquestionably assur as per Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah (Mishna Berura unfortunately only covers Orach Chaim). However Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal famously explains that the issur of chalav akum is solely due to concern that the non-Jew may mix in milk from a non-Kosher animal. Therefore, in a situation where there is no reason to be concerned for such a possibility, such as a large company in a country where there are strict laws, supervision and enforcement that milk should be 100% pure cow's milk, the issur was never applied. Therefore it is not a "heter", but an explanation and definition of the original issur. Not all Poskim accept Reb Moshe's psak, and one who has a minhag to be machmir or follows a different Posek should not drink milk without a Jewish Mashgiach. But in much of the frum world Reb Moshe's psak is accepted as the final word.

posted:2009-01-25 01:01:01  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Mishna Halachos vol 4 siman 103.

posted:2009-01-23 05:01:33  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - source for waiting between milk and meat
Submitted by Yochanan  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deiah siman 89 is where the topic is brought.
posted:2009-01-19 14:52:17  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashering of used 'china' dishes
Submitted by Shmuel of Tzfat  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While china/porcelain is technically pottery/cheres which can not usually be kashered, in the case of plates most Poskim are lenient. Since the dishes are never placed directly on the heat source they are generally a kli shlishi, two steps removed from the source of heat, and therefore according to Halacha it is questionable if they have absorbed non-Kosher flavor at all. So the best thing to do is to immerse them in boiling water 3 times with all the Halachos of hagola, preferably changing the water and rinsing the dishes in between each time. Afterwards they may be considered Kosher for future use.

posted:2009-01-19 04:32:35  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - transforming dairy pot into parve
Submitted by elan  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If kashered properly it may be done, but some object to converting object from milk to meat or the reverse because it can lead to confusion.
posted:2009-01-14 13:41:41  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashrus and brachos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: You may bake pareve in a clean fleishig oven, but it is preferable to place a sheet of aluminum foil between the bottom of the pan and the oven rack. If the oven was not completely clean it is better to cover the pareve item, if possible. If not, it is still permitted but it is necessary to place something between to pan and rack. If there is enough fleishig residue to give off steam when heated, it should not be done, but this is unlikely. Noodles from rice flour are mezonos and borei nefashos.
posted:2009-01-01 06:41:20  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Cleaned Pareve Pot in Fleishig Sink
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: If the water was yad soles bo, at least 45C 113F, the pot should be considered fleishig. A sponge contains actual mamashus and not just bliyos.
posted:2008-12-24 13:17:23  (2) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - kashering a stainless dishwasher
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

While Reb Moshe writes that theoretically it can be kashered, practically it is nearly impossible. Any plastic parts can not be kashered and must be replaced. Also, before kashering it is necessary to remove any particles of food that could potentially come in contact with hot water. Therefore, you would have to replace the racks and plastic runners, cleaning thoroughly where they meet the body of the dishwasher as well as all other seams. Also the filters would have to be cleaned well or replaced, and the drain would also require a complete rework. Due to the complexity of the practical aspects, it is not recommended to kasher a home dishwasher, and if you must, have a knowledgeable and practically minded Rav inspect your specific model to give you exact instructions.

posted:2008-12-23 16:52:05  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

In general a filet of fish needs to have visible scales to prove its kashrus unless there is a reliable hechsher. However salmon is unique in its pink coloring, and no non-Kosher fish looks the same. Experts at the OU have researched all the possibilities that non-Kosher fish could be dyed etc, and so far have found no risk of fraud. If the salmon has been cooked or has other ingredients added, it certainly would require a recognized hechsher.

Meat or chicken should not be cooked in the same oven as fish simultaneously, unless one of them is covered. If one mistakenly did cook them together the Rema rules it may be eaten.

posted:2008-12-22 08:02:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - chicken feed
Submitted by Shaul  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

The eggs are permitted. First of all "you are what you eat" does not apply in Halacha and an animal that eats non-Kosher food does not become non-Kosher itself. Furthermore, the inedible shell of the oyster is not necessarily forbidden because it is similar to an inanimate rock.

posted:2008-12-21 16:34:39  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - pareve sink
Submitted by b.a  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: It is certainly ideal to wash them in a separate sink, if you have the facilities to do so, as this avoids any risk of coming in contact with milchig or fleishig residue. However, Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal permitted washing even milchigs and fleishigs in the same sink for one who does not have two sinks, one after the other. Pareve dishes should not be washed together with milchigs or feishigs at the same time, especially if using hot water.
posted:2008-12-21 15:29:53  (0) comments   email to a friend


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

Citrus fruits often have scale insects on the rind, they are easily noticeable as round brown spots that can be scrubbed off. If the skin appears clean there is no problem.

posted:2008-12-17 06:15:48  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Overnight uncovered food ASAP
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Since there is a machlokes and most Poskim permit drinking uncovered liquids in a place where snakes are not common, one could certainly rely on them in case of significant monetary loss.
posted:2008-12-16 06:16:43  (0) comments   email to a friend


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