Divrei Halacha

Tevillas Keilim

What needs Tevilla? Utensils which are used for eating or for preparing food require tevilla.  Those utensils that are used in early stages of preparation of food do not require tevilla, for example equipment used to harvest food and equipment used to sift flour.   Only utensils owned by someone who is Jewish that were … Continued

Orla ערלה – The first Three Years

The fruit of a tree or fruit bush may not be eaten during the first three years of its growth.  Not only is it prohibited to eat the fruit but no benefit whatsoever may be derived from the fruit.  This halocha applies both in Eretz Yisroel and in חו”ל (outside of Eretz Yisroel).  There is one … Continued

V-Coffee on Shabbos

V-Coffee on Shabbos A new way of manufacturing instant coffee is becoming popular.  Coffee produced in this manner is touted as tasting better and being healthier.  The process for producing “V-Coffee” does not involve any pre-cooking, but rather, air-roasting and grinding.   It is roasted by a process similar to making air popped popcorn.  Due to … Continued

But What Could be Wrong with…

  But What Could be Wrong with… It is often puzzling why the reputable Kashrus agencies require supervision for products that appear to be “natural”.  The following excerpt from the Wall Street Journal of September 14, 2017 makes it quite clear.  This does not mean that every product on the market needs supervision.  For example, … Continued

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware

Caveat Emptor – Buyer Beware The major Kashrus Agencies take their responsibilities very seriously.  In fact one of the major agencies spent an entire year experimenting with two vegetables to determine the degree of infestation during various seasons of the year, as well as how the source location effected infestation.   Along with our sister … Continued

DIY Teruma and Maaser in 4 Easy Steps

DIY Teruma and Maaser in 4 Easy Steps As it is a Mitzva to eat the produce of Eretz Yisroel, and supporting the economy is a mitzvah as well, we encourage our members to follow the procedures below so that they can purchase Israeli vegetables without concern. Research has determined that a significant percentage of Israeli fruit … Continued

When Marror is Not Kosher

Most people are aware that Romaine lettuce (which many people use for Marror) must be insect free.   It may be purchased pre-washed and checked, or you may clean and wash it yourself.  Romaine lettuce hearts are relatively clean and not difficult to render insect-free.  I will include my suggestions for cleaning a few common … Continued

Divrei Torah

V-Coffee on Shabbos

V-Coffee on Shabbos A new way of manufacturing instant coffee is becoming popular.  Coffee produced in this manner is touted as tasting better and being healthier.  The process for producing “V-Coffee” does not involve any pre-cooking, but rather, air-roasting and grinding.   It is roasted by a process similar to making air popped popcorn.  Due to … Continued

But What Could be Wrong with…

  But What Could be Wrong with… It is often puzzling why the reputable Kashrus agencies require supervision for products that appear to be “natural”.  The following excerpt from the Wall Street Journal of September 14, 2017 makes it quite clear.  This does not mean that every product on the market needs supervision.  For example, … Continued

When Marror is Not Kosher

Most people are aware that Romaine lettuce (which many people use for Marror) must be insect free.   It may be purchased pre-washed and checked, or you may clean and wash it yourself.  Romaine lettuce hearts are relatively clean and not difficult to render insect-free.  I will include my suggestions for cleaning a few common … Continued

Glatt Kosher – Consumer Alert

Please be careful to verify that any product (that needs certification) is certified by an agency which you trust. Unfortunately, unscrupulous vendors have been selling products – including meat – with subpar supervisions imitating the markings of reputable Kashrus agencies. These vendors change the symbols enough so that they don’t run afoul of the law, … Continued