Archive | Kashrut

Kosher Dog Food

Dear Rabbi Simon, Interesting question from a new client with his puppy… ‘What rules apply to dog food in a strictly kosher home?’ I have always been of the opinion that as it’s the dog that’s eating the food there shouldn’t be an issue, but I think the client has a point about wet, canned […]

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Shabbat Hosts with Indeterminate Kashrut

Dear Rabbi, Since becoming observant I generally don’t eat a meal prepared by someone who is not shomer Shabbat, the reason being that if they don’t respect Shabbat how can I assume they’re respecting kashrut? That’s led to some uncomfortable moments over the years when I’ve had to turn down invitations. However, I now feel I’m in […]

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Non-Jewish Babysitter Warming Food

Hi Rabbi Simon. We are going away for two nights next week (not over Shabbos) and leaving the kids with a non-Jewish babysitter (she works at a Jewish day-care facility, so she’s relatively well versed in the workings of cooked food in a kosher kitchen). I am leaving the kids and her fully cooked food […]

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Taking Medication?

Dear Rabbi, Am I allowed to take “natural” sleep supplements , etc, containing stearic acids? Lauren Dear Lauren, If you find the supplements useful, you may take them. Stearic acids may or may not come from an animal source, but they are likely nullified in the tablet (the amount in each table in negligible), and […]

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Ingredient Panels: A Reliable Kashrut Authority?

Dear Rabbi, I’d like to know what you think of this following response I found on the web, regarding kosher food. Thanks, Daniel “Dear Rabbi M, Is everyone qualified to read ingredient panels? What about equipment issues? Eliyahu Dear Eliyahu, Most ingredients are self-explanatory. If you don’t immediately recognize one of the items listed on […]

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Two dish racks?

Dear Rabbi, Should I have two separate dish draining racks for meat and milky crockery if I only use warm water to wash them? If so, where do I put the parev pots and utensils? Dear Friend, It is ideal to have separate racks for meat and dairy, but it is not required to do […]

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Sugar?

Dear Rabbi, On the LBD list it says regular sugar is kosher. Is that the same batch of sugar they sell in the supermarket as they do in kosher shops? Could I get it from the supermarket instead?   Dear Friend, Yes you may

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Hot plates on Pesach?

Dear Rabbi, Can you use your regular hot plate on Pesach? Dear Friend, Kasher the hot plate by cleaning carefully and turning on for 30 min. Then cover with foil and you’re fine, no fire hazard. (We use foil all year round [often keeping form week to week, and recycling when we’re done!]; helps keep […]

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