18 April, 2009

Bnei Brak

Bnei Brak, originally uploaded by ! . © Angela Lobefaro . !.

© Angela M. Lobefaro

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Bnei Brak (or Bene Beraq) (Hebrew: בְּנֵי בְּרַק‎ Bnei brak.ogg (audio) (help·info), Bəne Bəraq) is a city located on Israel's central Mediterranean coastal plain, just east of Tel Aviv, in the Dan metropolitan region and Tel Aviv District. It is the only large city in Israel whose population comprises predominantly Haredi Jews.


The methods of koshering include the following:

Libun is used for items heated directly on a fire, such as a grill, baking pans used in an oven, or frying pans used to heat oil. The word libun means "purify" and comes from the same Hebrew root word for "white." There are two types of libun:

1) Libun Gamur, "complete purification." When the term libun is used by itself, this is the kind of libun being referred to. Libun means heating a pan or grill until it is red hot. To heat pans until they are red hot usually requires a blowtorch, as your standard oven does not reach temperatures that are hot enough, and this is a procedure most often performed by a rabbi.

2) Libun Kal, "simple purification." Heating metal hot enough that paper (traditionally, a broom straw) touching it scorches. When an oven goes through a self-cleaning cy­cle, it gets this hot. This is a method you might use on a frying pan.

Hag'alah, "scouring" or "scalding," is used for items such as pots or flatware that have become treif through contact with hot liquids. Hag'alah means kashering the item in a large pot of boiling water.

Irui, "infusion," is kashering by pouring boiling water over something, a method used for countertops and sinks.


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