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: 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 in Hallel and other places in davening אֶלוֹהַּ:

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

Source: Rabbi Isaacs Blog

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