A Little Clarity – Halachic Questions via Text Message

photoDue 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: Does a broken chicken leg that I find in a package affect the kosher status?

A: Only if it was broken before shechita, in which case there would be a visible concentration of blood around the break.

Q: Is there any problem with using a hot water urn with an external water level meter tube on Shabbat?

A: It may be used without reservation (R. S.Z. Auerbach citied in 39 Melachos).

Q: Wasabi powder, does it need a hechsher?  The kosher one is significantly more expensive.

A: Although there are those that require a hechsher for this product, if it just consists of ground wasabi horseradish one may assume that there are no kashrut concerns.

Q: Someone told me that the trader joe’s kosher meat is not sealed properly for kosher standards.  Is that true?

A: The Trader Joe’s kosher meat comes in a tray that is shrink wrapped with clear plastic and then a sticker with the OU kosher symbol is placed on top of the package.  According to the OU this packaging is in compliance with their policies and in sync with the national standard.

Q: What is the proper way to pronounce the name of Hashem אֶלוֹ-הַּ in Hallel and other places in davening :

A: There are three separate points regarding proper pronunciation of this word.  1. the end is not pronounced “ha” but rather “ah.”  2. The hey has a dot in it, therefore the “h” sound is emphasized (called a “mapik hey“).  3. The stress is on the penultimate syllable so not elo’AH but eLO’ah (like the difference between underSTAND and conFIGure).



Filed under Halachic Issues, Kashruth, Text Message Halacha

2 responses to “A Little Clarity – Halachic Questions via Text Message

  1. I was told that it is only OK if the water was boiled before and then poured in boiled, otherwise as the water outside which was never really boiled by the urn is being boiled by the hot water inside as it lowers and reentyers t6he urn. Another possibility was to lean the urn over so that boiled water enters it. Where can I check out your psdak?

    Thanks a million and a big yeyasher kiochachem to you!!



    • YC,

      Thank you for your comment. See here for the sefarim that I looked at. As you will see there, although the Orchos Shabbos is machmir to require waiting an hour after it’s refilled before using it on Shabbos, Reb Shlomo Zalman Auerbach doesn’t see it as a problem at all – as quoted in the notes to 39 Melachos. I based what I wrote on RSZA’s pesak. This is also accepted by R. Ribiat author of 39 Melachos (who himself has a reputation of often being machmir).


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