A Little Clarity – Halachic Questions via Text Message

Due to the space limitations of a text message, please note that it is particularly important to read carefully, pay close attention to the context of the question, and use the answers as a springboard for further study.

If you would like my phone number to submit questions, please leave a comment and I will send it to you.

Q: If I run cream through my food processor, would that make the blade/whole processor milchig? Dairy equipment?
A: As long as it’s clean, it’s completely pareve.
Q: My mother put her parve food processor blade in the dishwasher together with fleishig pots etc she wants to know if she now has to treat the blade as fleishig? My thought was the detergent used in the dishwasher prevents any problems. whats the din? Thanx
 A: Although most authorities would not ideally permit putting a parve blade in with dirty meat pots etc., if it was done it is technically still considered pareve due to an assumption that the detergent rendered the meat inedible and even if it didn’t the meat residue on the other dishes can be assumed to be nullified in the large amount of water that entered the dishwasher.  Nevertheless, ideally you should re-kasher it by dropping it in a pot of boiling water.
Q: What are some good questions to ask a shidduch?
 A: I recommend the following approach. Start off by getting to know the person in a factual, big picture way – their background, their family, their life, etc. Just get acquainted. Then proceed to discuss and inquire about questions that are a bit more personal but still somewhat general like what their goals are, what they value, how they want to live, what marriage is about, etc.  In my humble opinion, it is neglect to discuss these issues seriously that results in many failed marriages. The next stage involves determining if the two parties fit in with each other’s goals, needs , and visions. Aside from these considerations is the general need for chemistry which, in my opinion, is something that has to naturally develop as you get to know each other better.
Q: We made two batches of dough in two bowls but neither had enough in it that would require us to take off challah.  If there is enough between the two of them together, are we obligated to separate challah?  Anyway, we forgot to address this issue before we baked them, so now the question is, if we did have to take off challah, can we still do it now?
  A: In this case, since the loaves are from two batches of dough and neither was the minimum volume that requires separating challah, there is no obligation to separate challah from them – unless they are all stored together, unwrapped, in one container or bag. If you would want to become obligated to separate challah in order to fulfill the mitzvah, it can be accomplished by wrapping (not just covering them) all of them together in a cloth while not individually wrapped.  The bracha (no one says the words “min ha’eisah” at the end of the bracha in this case) is recited and then a kezais size is taken off and disposed of, as usual. In the future, to become obligated in the mitzvah while they are still dough if you would like to create the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah, they can be combined either by sticking them together, putting them in one deep container while preferably touching each other, or by wrapping them (again, not just covering them) together in plastic or a towel etc.
Q:  If a kosher restaurant gives out cheap quality Mason jars (which they presumably did not tovel) with their drink orders, is it necessary to tovel the jars before reusing them?
 A: They must be toveled. Reb moshe is lenient regarding containers that you actually buy food in and then use it afterwards again even though usually they are discarded. In this case, they bought the jars empty.  If mason jars are usually purchased for a one time use, like for pickling or something, and then discarded, that might change things.  To clarify, the restaurant serves the drink in the jar. Would that mean I could rely on Rav Moshe?  Is the restaurant owned by Jews? If yes then Reb Moshe’s approach would not apply here.

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