Monthly Archives: July 2014

Kashruth Live – Troubles in Kashrus solved with Rabbi Yosef Wikler

Yosef Wikler July 28זרם בשידור חי בתאריך 2014 with Rabbi Yosef Wikler. <– click here for July 28th broadcast!

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During the 9 days keeping it Kosher and meaningful!

 For the 9 days in the holy land may we all unite together with good news and comfort. To dine at the Beis Hamikdash hashlishi Bkorov. These great restaurants below is not a UKA list etc… 
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Wolf & Lamb NYC has prepared an outrageous Fresh Fish Menu for your dining pleasure these 9 days. Scottish Salmon, Striped Sea Bass, and Sushi Grade Tuna delivered fresh daily!

Mention this newsletter and enjoy a complimentary, homemade dessert on us.

In addition to our expanded fish menu, our regular meat menu is also available.

For reservations please call
212 317 1950

9 Day Menu - Dine In - 2014

“9 DAYS” MENUS AND SPECIALS: from Home : Great Kosher Restaurants


Open for the 9 Days with a number of fish specials

Butterfish Click here for their menu, which is full of fish items

Eden Wok 9 Days Sushi Special: Buy any 2 items on their menu, Get 1 Free (equal or lesser value is free)

Click here for coupon, valid from July 28-Aug 4.

Eighteen Restaurant Click here for their 9 Days menu

La Brochette Click here for their 9 Days menu

LeMarais  Click here for their 9 Days menu

Lorelli’s Pizza & Pasta Bar Now serving freshly made sushi from Sushi Tokyo

Mike’s Bistro Click here for their 9 Days menu

Prime at the Bentley Click here for their 9 Days menu

Pitopia 9 Days Special: Buy 1 Falafel, Get 1 Free (click here for coupon). Expires 8/4/14, one per customer.
Not valid on delivery. Valid at both locations – 1369 Broadway (on 37th) & 369 West 34th (9th Ave)

Prime Grill Click here for their 9 Days menu

Reserve Cut Click links for their 9 Days Lunch and Dinner menu

Schnitzel Express Click here for their 9 Days menu

Sushi Fussion NYC: All day special: 2 rolls and a drink $7.95

Taam Tov Click here for their 9 Days menu

Talia’s Steakhouse *Click here for their 9 Days menu, featuring a wide selection of fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes. Their usual Glatt Kosher dinner menus will also be available for those who wish to eat meat.

*Special Friday night Dinner: OneFamily NYC is the Young Leadership division of OneFamily Together, Israel’s national organization for helping victims of terror attacks and their families in Israel since 2001. On Fri. Aug 1st at 830PM, Talia’s would be delighted to have you join them at the restaurant for a special NYC Triathlon Shabbat Dinner in support of our friends and families in Israel. To reserve: click here.

Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse Click here for their 9 Days menu including special fish items as well as offering their regular menu.

RIVERDALE Carlos & Gabby’s  They are open during the 9 Days with their regular menu, including vegetarian options.

Click here for their Shabbos package – $38.95 includes quart of soup, 8 pieces of chicken, 2 sides

Click here for their 9 Days menu and they will have their Monday Night Buffet tonight with all vegetarian options

BROOKLYN Basil Pizza & Wine Bar Click here for their new Seasonal menu

Chagall Bistro Click here for their 9 Days menu and mention this email to get 10% off your bill of $100 or more.
They’ll also be closed next Monday and Tuesday of the fast.

China Glatt Click here for their Summer Privileges flyer with details of their Frequent Dinner Program for free meals and gift certificates. Click here for their 10% off coupon for their website’s online ordering.

They will also be offering sushi this Sunday, August 3rd at the Raleigh Hotel & Resort in Upstate

Day 5 Sushi Click here for their new and exciting menu with added items just in time for the “9 Days” including:  Yaki Udon, Sushi salad and Sea Bass atop a Crispy sesame rice cake.

9 Days Special: Red Snapper entrée with drink and one of their house desserts for $28.
El Gaucho Glatt will be closed during the 9 Days

Glatt ala Carte will be closed during the 9 Days B;H

Nu Cafe 47 Extended “9 Days” Hours: Monday- Thu 9am-9:30pm, Friday 9am-3pm, Sunday, 10am-9:30pm

Palace Cafe Free dinner- Buy 2 dinners from their pasta or fish menus, receive 3rd FREE (equal or lesser value)

Full dinner includes: Soup, Main, Dessert, Fountain SodaPasta Dinner: $12.95 / Fish Dinner: $18.95
Click here for their full menu (large file). You can also order online at
Open during the 9 Days until Thursday, July 31st and closed until Tisha B’Av.
Click here for their 9 Days menu.
Click here for their 9 Days menu
Rolls Sushi & Salad
Open with a 9 Days menu of Main Dishes/Bento Boxes with fish, Tuna Patties, soups and much more. As well as Lunch & Dinner specials!
Sushi Tokyo
All their locations will be open during the 9 days with their full menu

T Fusion Steakhouse Click here for their 9 Days menu (no wine will be served during this period)

Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse Open this week until Shabbos serving a special fish menu as well as their regular menu. They will be closed from Sunday until after Tisha B’Av.


Brasserie Halevi Click here for their 9 Days menu

All 3 Cho-Sen restaurants (Cho-Sen GardenVillageIsland) are open with their 9 days menu

including vegetable soup, fresh vegetables, sushi and fish specialties. They will also have their entire meat menu for the many Siyumim and Sephardim!

A percentage of all profits will be donated to the Israel emergency fund to help support our brothers and Sisters who are in a state of war fighting for the future of the Jewish people.
Fish Plate Click here for their full menu with plenty of parve and dairy specialties.
*Now serving regular and whole wheat pizza pies in a brick oven. Note: Extended Hours 11am-10pm
Hapina Grill Click here for their “9 Days menu items.
They will also be delivering anywhere in the 5 Towns during the 9 Days ($5 delivery charge)

Sushi Fussion All Locations Open for 9 days!

Forest Hills: Summer extended hours Mon-Thu until 11pm

Kew Gardens Hills: New Hours Mon-Thu until 12am

Great Neck: New All You Can Eat Menu All Day Monday!

Sushi Metsuyan Cedarhurst Special 9 Days Menu including fresh tuna burger, a red curry fish fillet, a Mediterranean Bronzini, a roasted salmon fillet and more!

Prime Bistro Open with vegetarian options

The Burger Professor in Queens will be closed during the 9 Days
Traditions Eatery in Lawrence will be closed during the 9 Days

Waffelino Click here for their 9 Days specials (Either Pizzalino, Paninilino, Pastalino & a drink for $9.99+ tax.

Click here for their latest flyer with new items and extended hours (Mon – Thu) 9:30am – 11pm

Click here for their 9 Days menu
Click here for their 9 Days Buffet Special – All You Can Eat, Sushi & Vegetarian Hot Dishes.
Full catering to NY & NJ is available.
Cherry Grill (Cherry Hill)
Click here for their 9 Days menu
Estreia (Lakewood)
Click here for their 9 Days menu
Etc. Steakhouse (Lakewood) will be closed for the 9 Days
Click here for their 9 Days menu
Shalom Bombay (Teaneck)
Click here for details of their 9 Days specials (including Vegetarian Dinner Buffet each night with fish add on option available)
And print print out this flyer to get 10% off for Dine in (not valid for lunch menu or buffets) and
Get 1 free Naan with any takeout order $25 or more
Click here for their 9 Days menu
They will be open this week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
C&R Kitchen (formerly Citron & Rose)
Click here for their new C&R Kitchen menu as as well their 9 day additions
Click here for their 9 Days menu
*They have now expanded their kitchen and built a separate dairy area where they are now serving PIZZA on Wednesday from 11am-7pm.  Pizza can also be ordered on other days with advanced notice.  The dairy kitchen with supervised by the local Chabad with a mashgiach on hands.
They also are offering fresh SUSHI made on premises on Thursday and Fridays along with their Shabbat take-out.

SOUTH FLORIDA Asia Wok & Grill (Boca Raton)

Click here for their 9 Days 1/2 off sushi special and full 9 Days menu

Chai Wok (North Miami)
Open during the “9 Days” with sushi and vegetarian specials
Subres Grill (North Miami) will be closed during the 9 Days.
They will having plenty of space during the 9 days as they are using all three dining rooms for dairy. Reservations are recommended.
Got Kosher (Los Angeles)
Click here for their 9 Days menu

The Grille (Sand Diego) Click hree for the 9 Days menu

Pat’s Restaurant (Los Angeles) Click here for their 9 Days menu

La Gondola Ristortante (Los Angeles) Click here for their 9 Days menu

TORONTO Ba-Li Laffa They will be open for the 9 days in both locations. They will be featuring a complete new fish menu with Seabass, Red Snapper, Moroccan Salmon, and Grilled Rainbow Trout. Their newest location is now open at 3522 Bathurst St.

Home : Great Kosher RestaurantsWolf & Lamb Steakhouse For after Tisha b’av, Klezmer will have you dancing in your seat. 6:45-8:45 PM. Book Early as space is limited. *Was a FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL: Dads, Mention this post and enjoy a cold beer on them!

Real recipes from! Insect-Free salads, herbs and vegetables: from the O.U. with appreciation!

Real Insect-Free salad: A Guide to Home Vegetable Inspection – Leafy Vegetables (1 of 4)

What could be more refreshing than a vegetable salad? The lush greens, so crunchy and healthful. And yet, they fill many hearts with dread: “How will we check them for bugs?”

Fret no more! In this DVD, OU Kosher provides YOU with a guide to checking vegetables in YOUR kitchen. A wide variety of vegetation is featured: lettuce, cabbage, herbs, strawberries and others.
This video features Rabbi Yosef Eisen, the Rabbinic Administrator of the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns & Rockaway and an OU Kosher Rabbinic Coordinator from 1990-1999. Rabbi Eisen shares his vast expertise in a clear and engaging way so that the steps in inspection are simple to follow.
Eating a bug is much worse than eating ham; it’s crucial to learn how to make your vegetables 100% kosher. This video will show you what you need to know.

Salad meal plannerS!

Salads are a great item to serve with any meal, especially when having a lot of guests. Not only are they healthy, but they are colorful and enhance the look of any table. Perfect for adding variety to the meal and ideal when guests are vegetarian.

Lettuce-based Salads
Cabbage-based Salads
Spinach and Other Greens
Beet Salads
5 Easy 3-Ingredient Salads
With Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Broccoli Salad
Cauliflower Salad
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is good for preventing cancer. It is high in fiber and extremely nutritious. This makes a great main dish, especially in warm weather.
Cherry Tomato Toss
Chick Pea Salad
Cucumber Salad
Eggplant and Tomato Salad
Eggplant Salad
Green Beans & Carrot Salad
Heart of Palm Salad
Israeli Salad I
This salad is very popular in Israel. It is served in a pita pocket sandwich with fried chick pea balls (“falafel”) or with lamb or turkey (“shwarma”). The salad is also served with the shwarma that is not in a sandwich. The meat is cooked on a spit with wonderful spices.
Israeli Salad II
Mushroom Salad
Nishweya Salad (Hot Pepper and Tomato)
Simanim Salad
This salad incorporates many significant simanim, foods which we eat on Rosh Hashanah in the hopes of being blessed with a sweet and fruitful new year.
Syrian Potato Salad
Sweet Pepper Salad
Technicolor Bean Salad
The 4-3-2-1 Dressing
Three Bean Salad
As pleasing to the eye as it is to the palette, this salad will also help you pack in extra vitamins before a fast…
Tirshey Salad (Tunisian Pumpkin Salad)
Delicious and different salads to adorn your Shabbat table…
Waldorf Salad
Classic salad that’ll please adults and children alike
Chickpeas & Swiss Chard
Waldorf Quinoa for our 100% clear info on #Kosher #food, questions and #kosher #certification please email direct -> Eli UKA<- – for #koshercertification thanks!

Kashrus Websites from NLE Resources, with thanks from UKA!

Kashrut.comNLE Resources

Great links to Kosher Food Articles.

Kosher Spirit
Kosher Spirit tantalizing recipes and new innovations in the area of Kosher cooking.

Why Keep Kosher? The word “kosher” is universally used to denote that which is proper and meets accepted rules and standards. In Judaism, the term kosher applies specifically to food, Torah scrolls tefillin and mezuzot, and can even be applied to the acceptability of witnesses. Its most common use today, of course, is in regard to food, which is the subject of this shiur.

Halachic Articles on Kashrus 
An assortment of Kashrus articles written by Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz.

ChowHound Kosher Board
The blog for Kosher foodies which features Kosher restaurants, obscure ingredients, and much more!
This site discusses Kosher wine, recipes, food and Kashrus issues.
An easy to use directory of kosher food, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, food additives and chemicals from around the world. The directory also lists a comprehensive listing of Kosher for Passover information from around the world.

Jerusalem Kosher News
Jerusalem Kosher News began as a modest effort to educate a small number of readers as to the complexities of the kosher scene in Eretz Yisrael. It has since developed into a source of reliable information for many residents and visitors alike, with an emphasis on kashrut in the capital.


Kosher Recipes

The Jewish Manual Practical Information In Jewish And Modern Cookery With a Collection of Valuable Recipes
Also see here.

The Kosher Channel
A fabulous resource straight from The Old City of Jerusalem by your host, Mrs. Chernin.

Jewish Cupcakes
Cupcakes are all the rage and whether you are looking for a great Jewish theme or a different type of cooking class, this link is a great place to start! Simply click on the picture for the recipe and more information!

Unique, Quick and Easy Kosher Recipes
We realize that as a Jewish Educator you are busy. Here’s some quick, easy, and unique recipes to spruce up your Shabbos table or a party that you are hosting for your family, friends, or students.

Joy of Kosher
Whether you keep kosher or are just kosher-curious, is an online community for people with good taste who are passionate about food. Here you can see scrumptious recipes from the one and only Jamie Geller. If you are a busy mom, this site will become your best friend!

Kosher Apps for Smarthphones

Mobile Apps from cRc

OU Kosher App

The videos of Jamie Geller of are entertaining and many of them are shot in the highest of quality. Plus, the Kosher recipes taste delicious as well! These are great to get inspiration from or simply forward them on to Jews of all faiths and show just how quick and easy it can be to make a tasty Kosher recipe. Below is a video that even features Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff of JEC.

OU Kosher App for iPhone and Android! We got to get this at UKA!

Amazing developments in Kosher food!

Download app for iPhone Download app for Android

Please note: This app replaces the OU Passover App. If you’ve downloaded that app please delete and download the new OU Kosher App.

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The OU Kosher Products Search for iPhone and Android is much more than a guide to OU Kosher products. It includes: Download app for iPhone Download app for Android

– Search engine access of OU’s product index
– OU’s kosher product alerts
– Newly certified products updates
– OU Kosher FAQs
– OU Kosher question/general information hotline.

Just tap on the hotline button and ask your question! You can also submit a question to just as easily.

Enjoy convenient and direct access on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch to all of Orthodox Union’s product information. To learn more, you can also visit: iTunes Preview

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What is Kosher food? A short summary that needs your input and our clarification!

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Kosher foods are those that conform to the regulations of kashrut (Jewish dietary law). Food that may be consumed according to halakha (Jewish law) is termed kosher in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér (כָּשֵׁר), meaning “fit” (in this context, fit for consumption). Food that is not in accordance with Jewish law is called treif (Yiddish: טרײף or treyf, derived from Hebrew טְרֵפָה trāfáh).

A list of some kosher foods are found in the books of Leviticus 11:1-47 and Deuteronomy 14: 3-20, as are also certain kosher rules. Reasons for food not being kosher include the presence of ingredients derived from nonkosher animals or from kosher animals that were not slaughtered in a ritually proper manner, a mixture ofmeat and milk, wine and grape juice (or their derivatives) produced without supervision, the use of produce from Israel that has not been tithed, or the use of non-kosher cooking utensils and machinery.

Every law of kashrut, according to all Rabbinic authorities of the ages in a rare agreement, makes the assertion that the laws can be broken when human life is at stake. Among the dozens of sources for the laws of pikuach nefesh (the Jewish term for saving any life) are the multiple discussions in the Talmud, for instance B. Yoma 83a, “We have agreed in the case of saving a soul he may be given [by a doctor in this case] to eat even unclean things, until his eyes are lightened from death”.

  • 1 Clean and unclean animals
  • 2 Animal products
    • 2.1 Dairy products
      • 2.1.1 Human breast milk
    • 2.2 Cheese
    • 2.3 Eggs
    • 2.4 Gelatin
  • 3 Blood
  • 4 Ritual slaughter
    • 4.1 Foreleg, cheeks and maw
  • 5 Food preparation by non-Jews
  • 6 Tainted food
  • 7 Milk and meat
  • 8 Fish and meat

1. Clean and unclean animals

Main articles: Kosher animals and Unclean animal

Deuteronomy and Leviticus state that any animal which chews the cud and has a cloven hoof is ritually clean, but animals that only chew the cud or only have cloven hooves are not.[1][2] The texts identify four animals in particular as being unclean for this reason; the hare, hyrax, camel, and pig — although the camel is a ruminant and has two toes, and the hare and hyrax are hind gut fermenters rather than ruminants.[3]

The Torah lists winged creatures which may not be consumed, mainly birds of prey, fish-eating water-birds, and bats. Leviticus and Deuteronomy state that anything residing in “the waters” (seas and rivers) is ritually clean only if it has both fins and scales.[4][5]

Leviticus states that every creeping thing that crawls the earth is unclean (Hebrew: sheqets).[6] However, a bug born inside a fruit may be eaten if it has never crawled on the ground. All “flying creeping things” are also considered ritually unclean,[7][8] according to both Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Leviticus lists four exceptions, including locusts.

2. Animal products

In addition to meat, all other produce of ritually unclean animals, as well as from unhealthy animals, were banned by the Talmudic writers.[9] This included eggs (including fish roe)[10][11][12] and milk,[13] as well as derived products such as cheese and jelly,[13] but did not include materials merely “manufactured” or “gathered” by animals, such as honey (although, in the case of honey from animals other than bees, there was a difference of opinion among the ancient writers). According to the rabbinical writers, eggs from ritually pure animals would always be prolate (“pointy”) at one end and oblate (“rounded”) at the other, helping to reduce uncertainty about whether consumption was permitted or not.

3. Dairy products[edit]

The classical rabbinical writers imply that milk from an animal whose meat is kosher is also kosher. As animals are considered non-kosher if after being slaughtered they are discovered to have been diseased, this could make their milk retroactively nonkosher. However, by adhering to the principle that the majority case overrules the exception, Jewish tradition continues to regard such milk as kosher, since statistically it is true that most animals producing such milk are kosher; the same principle is not applied to the possibility of consuming meat from an animal which has not been checked for disease. Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a prominent rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, has made the bold claim that with modern dairy farm equipment, milk from the minority of nonkosher cows is invariably mixed with that of the majority of kosher cows, thus invalidating the permissibility of consuming milk from a large dairy operation; the Orthodox Union, however, released a statement declaring the milk permissible based on some leniencies.

4. Human breast milk

Human women’s breast milk of any kind is permitted. However, authorities assert breast milk may be consumed directly from the breasts only by children younger than four (five if the child is ill), and children older than two were only permitted to continue to suckle if they had not stopped doing so for more than three consecutive days.

5. Cheese

The situation of cheese is complicated as hard cheese usually involves rennet, an enzyme which splits milk into curds and whey. Most forms of rennet were formerly derived from the stomach linings of animals, but currently rennet is most often made recombinantly in microbes. Because the rennet could be derived from animals, it could potentially be nonkosher. Only rennet made recombinantly, or from the stomachs of kosher animals, if they have been slaughtered according to the laws of kashrut, is kosher. If a kosher animal is not slaughtered according to the halakha, the rennet is not kosher. Rennet is not considered a meat product and does not violate the prohibition of mixing meat and dairy.[25]

Rabbi Jacob ben Meir, one of the most prominent medieval rabbis, championed the viewpoint that all cheese was kosher, a standpoint which was practiced in communities in Narbonne and Italy.
Contemporary Orthodox authorities do not follow this ruling, and hold that cheese requires formal kashrut certification to be kosher; some even argue this is necessary for cheese made with nonanimal rennet. In practice, Orthodox Jews who observe the kashrut laws, only eat cheese if they are certain the rennet itself was kosher.

6. Eggs

Eggs are considered pareve despite being an animal product; Mayonnaise is usually marked “pareve” because it contains egg.

The Yoreh De’ah argues that if there is blood in the egg yolk, then hatching must have begun, and therefore consumption of the egg would be forbidden.[27] Modern Orthodox Jews adhere to these requirements; however, the Ashkenazi Orthodox Jews treat an egg as nonkosher if blood is found anywhere within it. Sephardi Orthodox Jews only consider blood in the yolk to be a problem, and treat eggs with blood in the albumen as legitimate food if the blood is removed before use.

Today, when battery eggs form the majority of available produce, many permit the egg with a blood spot following the removal of any actual blood; battery eggs are unlikely to be able to form a viable embryo.

7. Gelatin

Gelatin is hydrolysed collagen, the main protein in animal connective tissue, and therefore could potentially come from a nonkosher source, such as pig skin. Gelatin has historically been a prominent source of glue, finding uses from musical instruments to embroidery, one of the main historic emulsions used in cosmeticsand in photographic film, the main coating given to medical capsule pills, and a form of food including jelly, trifle, and marshmallows; the status of gelatin in kashrut is consequently fairly controversial.

Due to the ambiguity over the source of individual items derived from gelatin, many Orthodox rabbis regard it as generally being nonkosher. However, several prominent Orthodox rabbis, including Chaim Ozer Grodzinski and Ovadia Yosef — the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel — argue that gelatin has undergone such total chemical change and processing that it should not count as meat, and therefore would be kosher. Technically, gelatin is produced by separating the three strands in each collagen fibre’s triple helix by boiling collagen in water.

One of the main methods of avoiding nonkosher gelatin is to substitute gelatin-like materials in its place; substances with a similar chemical behaviour include food starch from tapioca, chemically modified pectins, and carrageenan combined with certain vegetable gums — guar gum, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, gum acacia,agar, and others. Although gelatin is used for several purposes by a wide variety of manufacturers, it has started to be replaced with these substitutes in a number of products, due to the use of gelatin also being a significant concern to vegans and vegetarians.

Today manufacturers are producing gelatin from the skins of kosher fish, circumventing many of these problems.

8. Blood

One of the main biblical food laws forbids eating blood on account of “the life [being] in the blood”. This ban and reason are listed in the Noahide Laws[33] and twice in Leviticus[34][35] as well as in Deuteronomy.[36] The Priestly Code also prohibits the eating of certain types of fat (chelev) from sacrificial land animals (cattle, sheep, and goats), since the fat is the portion of the meat exclusively allocated to God (by burning it on the altar).[37]

To comply with this prohibition, a number of preparation techniques became practiced within traditional Judaism. The main technique, known as melihah, involves the meat being soaked in water for about half an hour, which opens pores.[42] After this, the meat is placed on a slanted board or in a wicker basket, and is thickly covered with salt on each side, then left for between 20 minutes and one hour.[42] The salt covering draws blood from the meat by osmosis, and the salt must be subsequently removed from the meat (usually by trying to shake most of it off and then washing the meat twice[42]) to complete the extraction of the blood. The type of salt used in the process is known as kosher salt.

Melihah is not sufficient to extract blood from the liver, lungs, heart, and certain other internal organs, since they naturally contain a high density of blood, and therefore these organs are usually removed before the rest of the meat is salted. Roasting, on the other hand, discharges blood while cooking, and is the usual treatment given to these organs. It is also an acceptable method for removing blood from all meat.

9. Ritual slaughter

See also: Shechita

Of the rules appearing, in two groups, in Exodus, most do not express dietary laws, but one of the few dietary rules it does list is a ban on eating the meat from animals which have been “torn by beasts”;[43] a related law appears in Deuteronomy’s law code, totally prohibiting the consumption of anything that has died fromnatural causes, and even giving away or selling such things.[44] The Book of Ezekiel implies[45] that the rules about animals which die of natural causes, or are “torn by beasts”, were only adhered to by the priests,[46] and were only intended for them;[47] the implication that they did not apply to, and were not upheld by, ordinary Israelites was noticed by the classical rabbis, who declared “the prophet Elijah shall some day explain this problematic passage”.[48]

Traditional Jewish thought has expressed the view that all meat must come from animals which have been slaughtered according to Jewish law. These strict guidelines require the animal be killed by a single cut across the throat to a precise depth, severing both carotid arteries, both jugular veins, both vagus nerves, thetrachea and the esophagus, no higher than the epiglottis and no lower than where cilia begin inside the trachea, causing the animal to bleed to death. Orthodox Jews know that this ensures the animal dies instantly without unnecessary suffering!

To avoid tearing, and to ensure the cut is thorough, such slaughter is usually performed by a trained individual, with a large, razor-sharp knife, which is checked before each killing to ensure that it has no irregularities (such as nicks and dents); if irregularities are discovered, or the cut is too shallow, the meat is deemed not kosher. Rabbis usually require the slaughterer, known within Judaism as a shochet, to also be a pious Jew of good character and an observer of the Shabbat. In smaller communities, the shochet was often the town rabbi, or a rabbi from a local synagogue, but large slaughterhouses usually employ a full-time shochet if they intend to sell kosher meat.

The Talmud, and later Jewish authorities, also prohibit the consumption of meat from animals who were slaughtered despite being in the process of dying from disease; but this is not based on concern for the health of the eater, instead being an extension of the rules banning the meat from animals torn by beasts, and animals which die from natural causes. To comply with this Talmudic injunction against eating diseased animals, Orthodox Jews usually require that the corpses of freshly slaughtered animals are thoroughly inspected. There are 70 different traditional checks for irregularities and growths; for example, there are checks to ensure that the lungs have absolutely no scars, which might have been caused by an inflammation. If these checks are passed, the meat is then termedglatt (גלאַט), the Yiddish word meaning smooth.

10. Foreleg, cheeks and maw

Main article: Foreleg, cheeks and maw

The gift of the foreleg, cheeks and maw (Hebrew: זְּרועַ לְּחָיַיִם וְקֵּיבָה‎) of a kosher-slaughtered animal to a Kohen is a positive commandment in the Hebrew Bible.

In rabbinical interpretation a continuing application of the commandment is identified. Rabbi Yosef Karo Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 61:1,[54] rules that after the slaughter of animal by a shochet (kosher butcher), the cuts of the foreleg, cheek and maw should be given to a kohen freely, without the kohen paying or performing any service.[55] This giving is required to be free of both monetary and servicial compensation (B.Bechorot 27a).

These gifts are entirely mundane (“chullin”) and are not associated with all or part of the sacrificial offerings brought on the central altar in the Jerusalem temple(Mishna Chullin Ch. 10:1). Some chazal opinions maintain that consumption of the animal is forbidden before these gifts are given but halacha rules that although one may consume the meat before the gifts are given it is preferred to ensure the gifts are given prior to consumption. Furthermore, the actual foreleg, cheeks and maw of all kosher-slaughtered beef is forbidden to a non-kohen unless the kohen permits[56]

11. Food preparation by non-Jews

See also: Kosher wine

The classical rabbis prohibited any item of food that had been consecrated to an idol, or had been used in the service of an idol.[57] Since the Talmud views all non-Jews as potential idolaters, and viewed intermarriage with apprehension, it included within this prohibition any food which has been cooked/prepared completely by non-Jews.[58][59] (Bread sold by a non-Jewish baker was not included in the prohibition.[58][59]) Similarly, a number of Jewish writers believed food prepared for Jews by non-Jewish servants would not count as prepared by potential idolaters, although this view was opposed by Jacob ben Asher.[60]

Consequently, modern Orthodox Jews generally believe wine, certain cooked foods, and sometimes even dairy products, should only be prepared by Jews. The prohibition against drinking non-Jewish wine, traditionally called yayin nesekh (literally meaning “wine for offering [to a deity]”), is absolute. Cooked wine (Hebrew: yayin mevushal), meaning wine which has been heated, is regarded as drinkable on the basis that heated wine was not historically used as a religious libation; thus kosher wine includes mulled wine, and pasteurised wine, regardless of producer, but Orthodox Judaism only regards other forms of wine as kosher if prepared by a Jew.

12. Tainted food

For obvious reasons, the Talmud adds to the biblical regulations a prohibition against consuming poisoned animals.[64] Similarly, the Yoreh De’ah prohibits the drinking of water, if the water had been left overnight and uncovered in an area where there might be serpents, on the basis that a serpent might have left its venomin the water.[65] In a place where there is no suspicion of snakes, this prohibition does not apply (tosafos, beitzah 6a).

13. Milk and meat

Main article: Milk and meat in Jewish law

Three times the Torah specifically forbids “seething” a young goat “in its mother’s milk” (Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21). The Talmud interprets this as a general prohibition against cooking meat and dairy products together, and against eating or deriving any benefit from such a mixture. To help prevent accidental violation of these rules, the modern standard Orthodox practice is to classify food into either being meat, dairy, or neither; this third category is more usually referred to as parev from the Yiddish word parev (פארעוו) (also spelled parve and pareve) meaning “neutral”. As the biblical prohibition uses the word “Gedi” and not “Gedi Izim”, the flesh of all “Behemoth” (domestic mammals) is categorised as “meat”, while that of fish and bugs is considered parve; however, rather than being considered parve, the flesh of birds and “chayot” (like deer) has been regarded by halakha (Jewish law) as meat for over 2000 years, though only byRabbinic decree.

One of the major dietary laws that observant Jews keep of Kashruth is that dairy and meat may not be eaten at the same meal. Though it is mentioned many times in the Torah, Rashi held that it was connected to two major ethical laws in the Jewish heritage from the original Five Books of Moses, which are first: to respect the mother animal, Exodus 23:19 “You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (C.F. to above law about mother birds, Deuteronomy 22:6, “If you come across a bird’s nest beside the road, either in a tree or on the ground, and the mother is sitting on the young or on the eggs, do not take the mother with the young.”). Which some held relate to the “hurt to living” (tzaar baalei chaim) statute cited throughout Jewish law, against hurting any living thing, the Mishnah Avoth 1:12 “Be a disciple of Aaron… and love all of God’s animals” (chaim, living), also “His compassion is over all of His creatures” (Psalm 145:9) again the term is “chaim” living things.

14. Fish and meat

The Talmud and Yoreh Deah suggest that eating meat and fish together may cause tzaraath.[66][67] Orthodox Jews thus avoid combining the two,[68][69]

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Bd’H on the Murder of Three Special Israeli Teens

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Bd’H on the Murder of Three Special Israeli Teens! Woke up to terrible news. My wife is still trembling, now we have to tell our children, Ud motsai “For How long” must this all go on!

We cry out in anguish and in outrage at the unspeakable horror of today’s announcement that the three teens, whom Jews and so many other people of good will around the world dared to hope would be found and returned safely to their families, were instead murdered in cold blood by their Hamas kidnappers, apparently shortly after their abduction 18 days ago.

We must, with the rest of acheinu kol beis Yisroel (our brothers and sisters, the entire nation of Israel), mourn this unthinkable tragedy, this worst possible end to the search for Naftali Frenkel, 16; Gil-Ad Shaar, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19. This is, unfortunately, only the latest episode in which innocent lives…

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