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Sending in Tzedaka
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I have several pushkas (charity boxes) in my home from various charity organizations. Some of the boxes I have had in my home for many months, and I put spare change in them. Is there any timeline for when the money must be mailed in? The Shulchan Aruch (YD 257:3) writes that if one separated money for tzedaka to […]
A Family Eating Meat and Dairy at the Same Table
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My family is eating dairy but I am eating a hamburger; we’re all eating at the same table. Is there some measure I need to take to prevent myself from eating their dairy food, or their eating from my hamburger? Chazal prohibited serving both dairy and meat when people are eating on the same table […]
What is “Glatt?”
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Kosher meat products regularly bear the OU symbol with the word “Glatt.” What does this mean, and would the product still be kosher if it isn’t Glatt? The Talmud (Chullin 42a) delineates a number of physical defects that an animal may have which would render it treif. The most common of these is a punctured lung. […]
The Sodium Content of Kosher Meat
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Kosher meat and poultry are known to have a higher than normal sodium content due to the koshering process. This process requires covering the meat with salt for an hour, to extract the blood which is forbidden to be consumed. My doctor has strongly advised me to avoid all unnecessary salt due to my heart condition. Is […]
A Slit Chicken Leg
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Often my chicken drumstick has a deep vertical slit just above the ankle. Does this represent some kashrus issue? One of the physical defects the Talmud lists as treif, is “nital tzumas hagidin” (Chullin 76a) – the drumstick tendons are missing (or damaged). At times chickens can be afflicted with tendonitis, which can lead to a ruptured tendon, […]
Are There a Kashrus Issues With Bruised Chickens?
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At times, my chicken is bruised or has a broken bone. Could there be a kashrus issue with this chicken? – A subscriber’s question First let us deal with bruises, which can be quite common in the slaughterhouse. The vast majority of these have already been addressed by the rabbis in the plant. Consuming blood is […]
Is Round Steak Kosher?
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Why isn’t round steak or kidney available in my kosher store? My butcher tells me that it’s not kosher. Surely, if the animal is kosher, isn’t all the meat of the animal also kosher? – A Consumer’s Question The Torah commands us to abstain from eating cheilev (Vayikra 3:17). These are specific fats which are found in […]
“OU Glatt” vs. “OU Meat”
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I’ve noticed that many poultry products have an “OU GLATT” designation, but some simply say “OU MEAT.” What is the difference between the two? (A Consumer’s Question) Generally, the lungs of poultry have always been healthier than those of cattle, and have never needed an inspection (Rambam, Shechita 11:12). Therefore, strictly speaking, the application of […]
Devouring One’s Food
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Are there any halachos about devouring one’s food? Shulchan Aruch writes that one should not take a very large portion of food in his hands (OC 170: 7) or gulp down a glass of wine in one shot (ibid:8). In our times there are a number of foods which are commonly eaten while being held, like a sandwich […]