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How should broccoli be checked for bugs?

Question: Is there a way I can check fresh or cooked broccoli to know it is clean of infestation? --Simcha the Cook Answer: Broccoli, Fresh...

What makes wine kosher?

Kosher wine must be made, handled and bottled, by Jewish workers. Once the bottle is sealed (and as long as it remains sealed) it can be handled by...

Why do fins and scales indicate that a fish is Kosher?

“This may you eat of all that is in the waters: Everything that has fins and scales, may you eat. But anything that has no fins and scales, you may...

Why is fish blood kosher?

Question: Why is fish blood kosher? I thought we can't drink blood? Thanks, Ron Answer: In Leviticus 7:26 the Torah says that the prohibition of...

What is kosher meat?

Kosher ABC A. For starters, kosher meat must come from a kosher animal. (See What are kosher animals?)B. However, kosher meat is not only the...

Is Ritual Slaughter Humane to Animals?

Question: what is the reason we slaughter animals the way we do in kosher law.  is it more humane?  I was told that the non-kosher...

Kosher Kid

A few weeks ago, my six-year-old daughter did something that greatly upset one of my professional colleagues. At the same time, it made her father...

Sweet Surrender

As a young child, I was incarcerated in Bergen Belsen concentration camp. People died daily from cold, disease, and starvation. Our scant food rations...

How come some foods are certified as kosher if they are not Bishul Yisroel?

There are 9 potential reasons why the OU can certify a given food even if it isn’t bishul yisroel (Jewish Cooking). This document will summarize...

What do the terms 'clean' and 'unclean' mean in the context of Jewish Kosher laws?

In Jewish Kosher laws, the use of the terms ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ has absolutely no relation to the ‘sanitary’...