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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

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
Kosher Species - Has anyone ever published an exhaustive list of all the kosher species? 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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