21 06, 2021

Accidentally Cooked Possible Dairy in a Meat Air Fryer

June 21st, 2021|Kashrut, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Riverdale, NY

A nanny accidentally used an air fryer, which is fleishig, to cook fish sticks. The fish sticks are Tablet K-D, and there is a food warning label about milk on the package. There is no milk in the ingredients, but in the “contains less than 2% of the following” ingredients listing, “whey” is included. What is the status of air fryer?

ANWER

Let’s first assume that the  fish sticks were on aluminum foil or in a pan. There is a debate if whey is milk mide’orayta or only miderabanan. See Shulchan Arukh YD 87:6, 8. I also assume that a “D” […]

13 06, 2021

May an Aveil Purchase a New Car? Can someone do so during the 3 weeks?

June 13th, 2021|Aveilut, Berakhot, Orach Chayim, Tisha B'Av - 3 Weeks, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Chicago, IL

A man in aveilut needs a new car. The old car the family has used is breaking down more and more frequently. Is this something that should wait another 10-12 months? What if his wife purchased the car and recites שהחינו? Would the halakha be the same during the 3 weeks?

ANSWER

The practice of not saying shehecheyanu is recorded in the case of the 3 weeks (Shulchan Arukh OC 551:17). Poskim explicitly state that this does not apply to a mourner. See Magen Avraham OC 551:42 and Mishnah Berurah 551:98. The reason is that the problem with shehecheyanu is not the simchah per se, […]

11 06, 2021

Do Reused Glass Bottles Require Tevilah?

June 11th, 2021|Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Philadelphia, PA

Rav Linzer, if a kosher winery wishes to reuse bottles, would they have to tovel them at any point?

ANSWER

Rav Moshe (Iggrot Moshe YD 2:40) has a brilliant teshuva that if a person takes glass jar, which is generally disposed of, and decides to use it permanently it still does not need tevilah. This is because it was made a halakhic jar by the Jew when he decided to reuse it. Before this point it wasn’t considered a keli, so the keli was made by a Jew.

If these bottles are generally disposable or recyclable for their glass, and not made […]

27 05, 2021

Status of Keilim Used With Tablet-K Cheese

May 27th, 2021|Kashrut, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Riverdale, NY

Dear Rabbi Linzer,

You previously addressed the the satus of  keilim after making macaroni and cheese with non-hekhshered butter. I’d like to ask a similar question with regard to a keli in which one cooked with Tablet-K cheese. I am assuming one does not rely on Rabbeinu Tam’s leniency, particularly given the Rema’s position in YD 115:1 that gevinat akum makes keilim prohibited. What if one is a roommate and the keilim belong to someone else? Assuming that any new food cooked in those keilim (which are no longer ben yomo) uses cheese with a proper hashgachah, can one consider that bedieved and kosher (based on Taz YD 115:12) if […]

10 05, 2021

Does a Dammed River Have the Status of a Mikveh?

May 10th, 2021|Niddah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Philadelphia, PA

Can a lake that was created by damming up a river be used as a keilim mikveh? The dam is that straight line at the bottom of the lake. The lake in question is called “Henion Pond.” You can see the two rivers/streams that lead into it.

 

ANSWER

First, there is no difference between the requirements for a keilim mikveh and one for a niddah, other than a keilim mikveh does not need 40 se’ah if we are dealing with מעיין (not rain water). In such a case, a keilim mikveh needs just enough to fully cover the keli. […]

9 05, 2021

Ending Shivah on Shabbat Before Shacharit

May 9th, 2021|Aveilut, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Midwest, USA

When shivah ends on Shabbat, does it end when Shacharit ends on Shabbat or the time Shacharit would have ended if it were a weekday? Since we’re talking about a community in which people do not pay shivah calls on Shabbat, should we go by the time that services end on weekdays? If so, if we start start davening on Shabbat after we normally finish davening during the week, could someone whose last day of shivah was Shabbat receive an aliyah in shul?

ANSWER

As you note, Rema rules in Shulchan Arukh YD 395:1 that even if מנחמים don’t usually come on day 7 (which, as the poskim note, […]

9 05, 2021

Day of Brit When Father’s and Doctor’s Time Conflict

May 9th, 2021|Milah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Washington, D.C.

A baby boy was born Wednesday night. Sunset was 8:04. The father initially thought he was born at 8:06, however, the birth certificate says 7:58. Does this qualify as a safeik?

ANSWER

In such a case we would follow the doctor’s recording of the time and rule that the birth occurred on Wednesday before sunset, and the brit will be on the following Wednesday.

To understand why, we have to consider two scenarios:

  1. The most likely scenario is that the father’s time is not the moment of halakhic birth. According to halakha, the halakhic time of birth is when the majority of […]
2 05, 2021

Bedikah For a Women With a Longer Than Average Period

May 2nd, 2021|Niddah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Midwest, USA

Is there a process the Rosh yeshiva recommends for women who regularly take until day 7/8/9 to get a clean hefseik? I’m not talking about women who didn’t understand leniencies around brown and now that we look at their bedikot we can tell them otherwise. I mean women who are regularly seeing red on bedikot until those days. Would you recommend doing everything they can to get a clean hefseik (cleaning, etc.) and if they can get it, then skipping the bedikot during the first several days of 7 nekiyim (and colored underwear of course), or is this not an option? […]

2 05, 2021

Using a Mohel Who is Not Shomer Shabbat

May 2nd, 2021|Milah, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

New York, NY

In a small town without a traditional mohel nearby, would we be lenient on who the mohel is to avoid postponing a Shabbat brit milah? Would we allow a mohel who is not shomer Shabbat  (i.e. a Jewish doctor who does circumcision in coordination with local shuls)? What if the mohel live close enough to walk (~1.5 hour) but will likely drive? What if they use the Gomco clamp and not the Mogen clamp/shield?

ANSWER

This contains a lot of issues.

A. Postponing from Shabbat. This can definitely be done when necessary for appropriate halakhic reasons. For example, a number […]

11 04, 2021

A Sandwich Maker of Unknown Kashrut Status That Has Not Been Used in Over a Year

April 11th, 2021|Kashrut, Yoreh De'ah|

QUESTION

Canada

A sandwich maker hasn’t been used in over a year and the owner doesn’t remember if it was milkhig or fleishig or for anything at all!

  1. Can he rely on the sevara of the Chacham Tzvi/Maharsham and assume there’s no ta’am at all and not kasher it and then use it for whichever he wishes, since I imagine kashering it would require a blow torch and ruin it?
  2. If he can kasher it without a blow torch, how?

ANSWER

  1. On the one hand, it is not serious hefsed at all. On the other hand, we are talking about heter, not issur. And […]
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