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Milk & Meat

Chicken and Cheese - Do you know why Jewish law came to add fowl to the "no meat and milk" law? Fowl do not have mammary glands so do not produce milk – why were they added to mammalian meat restrictions with... More
Children Waiting Between Meat & Milk - My son is nearly three years old. After eating meat, he wants to have his nighttime hot chocolate. How should I handle this matter? Is it forbidden for him? More
Cholov Yisrael Milk - I live in rural Montana where the Cholov Yisrael milk is difficult to obtain and very expensive. So I drink regular milk. What is your view on this? More
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Vessels

China Dishes, Porcelain - We inherited a beautiful set of china from my in-laws, who did not keep kosher. They haven’t been used for at least 20 years. I would like to give them to my married daughter. Is there a way they can be... More
Kashering Vessels - Is there any other way to kasher silver cutlery except by boiling it? Perhaps one can use some disinfectant? More
Vessels in Mikveh - I am starting to keep kosher and somebody mentioned that all my pots and dishes need to be dunked in a mikveh. I’ve never heard about that. Why is that and what are the rules? More

Animals & Birds

Blood Meal Fertilizer - Is it permissible to use blood meal fertilizer on crops? Does the prohibition against consuming blood include deriving benefit from it, or is it limited to consumption as food? More
Is Turkey Kosher? - I have heard that there are some Jews who do not consider turkey kosher. Can you tell me the reason for this? As far as I know, turkey with kosher certification is widely available. More
Kosher Slaughtering - There has been a lot of controversy lately about kosher methods of slaughtering meat. I always thought that kosher was more humane, but now I’m hearing a lot of negative press. What exactly does... More
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Fish

Buying Fish - I am a frequent traveler and sometimes I find myself in a motel with a kitchenette. Am I able to go to the local fish store and purchase kosher fish? More
Kosher Sushi? - I attend a lot of business functions where they serve sushi and caviar. I try to eat only kosher food. What is the story on this? More
Separation between Fish and Meat - I was recently invited for Shabbat dinner. It was a wonderful, uplifting experience. One thing I was unfamiliar with is that everyone was told to take a drink between the fish and the chicken. I am... More

Insects

Grasshoppers - One of my co-workers brought a box of chocolate-covered grasshoppers to the office. Many people tried them, but since I keep kosher I begged off, saying that I was grossed out. Did I do the right thing? More
Honey - Since honey is produced by bees, and bees are not a kosher species, how can honey be kosher? More

Certification & Symbols

Is Coca Cola Kosher? - I've noticed religious Jews buying Coke at my local supermarket, but I don’t understand how it can be kosher if the formula is a big secret. Also, it doesn't say "kosher" anywhere on the... More
Kosher Symbols - When I was growing up, most kosher products had the symbol O-U. But now there seems to be everything – Texas-K, California-K, Minnesota-K. How do I know what kosher supervision is considered... More

Misc.

Israeli Produce - My local supermarket carries some Israeli produce like tomatoes, oranges and avocados. I know that the Torah prescribes various laws for crops grown in Israel. Does that apply also to exported produce? More
Kosher Bacon Bits - I have recently begun keeping kosher, and had a philosophical debate with a friend who does not. I want to use soybean "sausage and bacon" products that have kosher symbols, because as long as they're... More
Kosher Grains - I bought a box of kosher cereal and next to the kosher symbol it said “Yoshon.” Can you tell me what this means? More
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