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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 […]
Kiddush Between 6 pm and 7 pm
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There exists an intriguing custom found primarily in Chassidic communities to avoid reciting kiddush between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday night.[1] This is based on kabbalistic considerations relating to the “mazalot”, the different celestial influences, which are dominant in the world at various hours throughout the day and night.[2] It is taught that […]
Scrubbing Body Stains and Dirt on Shabbos
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 Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Question: Is it permitted to scrub a stain or a smudge from one’s face or hands on Shabbos? Discussion: Chayei Adam212 and some other poskim rule that on Shabbos one may not remove black soot from his hands, since doing so violates the melachah of mochek, Erasing. It appears that […]
Tachanun When A Chosson Is Present
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1. The chosson does not recite tachanun during the seven festive days. Any minyan where the chosson is present does not recite tachanun. (Shulchan Aruch 131:4 and Mishnah Berurah) 2. If the chosson left the synagogue before tachanun the poskim disagree as to whether tachanun is recited. (Ishei Yisroel page 268) 3. If the chosson […]
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 […]
Staring at a Greedy Guest
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We have a frequent guest that tends to help himself to a lot of food. Thankfully we’re not lacking, but I don’t think it’s right that he is so generous with himself. I sometimes catch myself staring at him, or rather at his portion. My wife tells me to avoid doing this. Is she right? […]