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Happy Chanukah! December 2011 • Vol. 3 No. 16


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Written by Rabbi Dovid Cohen

A service of the Chicago Rabbinical Council

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Your kashrus Questions. . . Answered HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES . Q. I am looking into homeopathic solutions and I came across several halachic concerns, such as kishuf (forbidden witchcraft), gevinas akum, stam yayin, and other kosher-sensitive ingredients. I was wondering whether the cRc had more information and maybe even an official position on these “medications”. A. You are correct that the active and inactive ingredients used in homeopathic remedies may be non-kosher, and you should definitely consult with your local Rabbi before consuming any of these items. He will consider the ingredients in the given product and other factors in deciding whether it is appropriate for you. SEA-BAND. Q. My friends recommended that I chew Sea-Band ginger gum to relieve my pregnancyrelated nausea. Do you know if it is kosher? A. We contacted the company who told us that although the gum is known to be acceptable for vegetarians, it is not certified as kosher. In addition, they have not been able to provide kosher certificates for some of the kosher - sensitive ingredients included in the gum. Therefore we are unable to recommend it. However, the company did suggest that you try their SeaBand wrist band which (they

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claim) is also able to reduce nausea merely by wearing it on one’s arm. Of course, this item is not ingested and does not pose a kashrus concern. [As always, we have no idea as to the efficacy of either the gum or wrist band, and are just commenting on the kashrus part of this issue.]

KASHERING A POT Q. How does one kasher a large pot? A. To kasher a pot, you should do the following: ▪Clean it thoroughly on both the inside and outside ▪Let it sit unused for 24 hours ▪Fill a larger pot with water and bring that water to a boil (this pot must be clean and not been used for 24 hours) ▪Submerge all parts of the smaller pot (including the cover) into the larger one. It is okay to submerge different parts of the pot separately, as long as all parts eventually get submerged. ▪If you do not have a larger pot, fill the pot which will be kashered with water and bring that to a boil. At the same time, bring a small pot (which is clean and hasn’t been used for 24 hours) to a boil. When both pots have come to a boil, carefully lower the smaller pot into the larger pot, which will cause the water to overflow from the larger pot. Be very careful to not get scalded by the boiling water.

After this, it is customary to rinse the kashered pot in cold water, and you may then use it as pareve, dairy or meat.

CHEESEBURGER FOR A NON-JEW. Q. May I give a non-Jewish person a cheeseburger (since it might be basar b’chalav)? May I give a non-Jewish person a coupon for a free cheeseburger that is basar b’chalav? A. The answer to both questions is “no”. Meat and milk which were cooked together are called “basar b’chalav” and one may not have any benefit or pleasure them. If you were to give the cheeseburger to a non-Jew that would generate goodwill between the two of you, and that goodwill is considered a forbidden direct-benefit from the cheeseburger. For that reason, you cannot give the cheeseburger or a coupon for one to a non-Jew. Rav Schwartz did however say that if one had a cents-off coupon for a cheeseburger [i.e. a discount for the cheeseburger rather than a coupon for a free cheeseburger] then it would be permitted to give that coupon to a non-Jew. He reasoned that the goodwill generated by giving him that coupon is too indirectly related to the basar b’chalav, and therefore does not pose a concern.

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AND AN ANGEL SHOUTS “GROW!”

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would walk up the one flight to notify her, instead of shouting up the stairs.” Can you imagine, for a moment, what that must be like, a role model who always speaks gently, a parent you can trust to speak and act respectfully, both caring and careful of your feelings and dignity. The trick is being ever conscious of the integral importance of patience. And speaking softly. Fostering the patience within, pushing myself, reminding myself, that my child/spouse is fragile. And yes, he/she is so hurtful at times, and yes, she/he is not careful of me, but still… it’s not ok to take revenge, and I still, I still, need to be careful. Fragile means that my words have tremendous power, they cut and slice, and leave gaping wounds that take a long time to heal. Loving someone means being extra sensitive in my interactions with him, and working so hard to control my rage, my destructive rage, and keeping it in check, to not damage the relationship. It may help to think of the following: The TO ADVERTISE 773.336.8225


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