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 want to reuse a glass food jar after the original contents are used up, should i tovel it?
A: Iggrot Moshe holds that you don’t need to immerse a glass food jar after its contents are emptied since we consider the (Jewish) purchaser to be the one making it onto a keli.  (YD 2:40)


Q: Would the Greek yogurts that are blended with steel cut oats have a bracha of mezonot?

A: Are the oats raw?

Q:  I’m not sure if they’re raw. The container just says steel cut oats.

A: It appears that the oats are raw and their bracha would then be ha’adama when eaten on their own and since it’s a minority ingredient of the yogurt the bracha would be like the bracha of regular yogurt.


Q: Food at coffee bean [in AZ] isn’t kosher correct? The sign says only drinks but someone said the pastries are kosher but I didn’t think so

A: Some of them may be but the particulars are unknown and subject to change to the best of my knowledge.  See here for a little more information.


Q: Can I have seudah shelishet before I daven Mincha?

A: Yes if you normally attend mincha on Shabbat at a regularly scheduled minyan which alleivates the concern that the meal might make make you forget to daven.

Q: A rabbi told me that I can immerse new kitchen utensils in a swimming pool instead of a mikvah.  Have you ever heard of that before?

A: Although there is a maverick opinion that holds that a pool is a valid mikvah, it seems to be completely rejected by the vast majority of contemporary authorities.



Source: Rabbi Isaacs Blog

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