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.

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Q:Can jews read the bible (new and old)?

A: Old testament basically is the same as our tanach. New testament is a book that is intended to replace the tanach so we do not accept it and under normal circumstances do not read it.

Q: If I bake with OU-D soy milk, which is only really Dairy Equipment, in my pareve pan will it make the pan dairy?

A: It will remain pareve.  Some even allow this in a meat pan.

Q: Why can Jews go into mosque but not a church?

A: According to Judaism, Muslim belief is mistaken but doesn’t add another power to Hashem but Christianity does since it believes that God has three parts so we consider it that akin to idolatry – avoda zara.  And you can’t enter a building where avoda zara is worshiped.

Q: I bought special pills that are supposed to make it easier to fast.  Is it OK to take them before Yom kippur?

A: According to one approach that says that the mitzvah to eat on Erev YK is to make the fast more of an affliction, it would seem to be forbidden.  However according to the other explanations of the mitzvah to eat on EYK, especially that of Rashi who writes that we eat on the 9th to prepare ourselves for YK, it would be at least permitted or possibly even considered part of the mitzvah of eating.  The latter approach is accepted by several contemporary halachic authorities.

Q: I am renting an apartment, can I kasher the dishwasher?  It’s made of metal and plastic.

A: Yes, run it through a couple of cycles on high with soap to make sure it’s clean (some stress the necessity to clean out anything stuck inside the drainage area) and wasn’t used for 24 hours and then run it on the hottest and longest setting.


Q: Are flour tortillas subject to Pas Yisroel?
A: There are different opinions, but I recommend you follow whatever bracha you are accustomed to make on the tortillas. If you make hamotzie on them, then you should consider them bread and they would subject to Pas Yisroel. If you make mezonos, then they would not.

Source: Rabbi Isaacs Blog

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