THE DAY WE PUT THEM TO THE TEXT
WE sent Shailatext three questions: one on kashrut, the others on finance and personal relationships. This is the result:
1) 11.11am: “I cooked a chicken this morning, and when I took it out the oven I noticed that a fly must have got in while I was preparing the food and it had been cooked together with the chicken. Can you tell me what is the status of the chicken (and the oven)? Many thanks.”
Answered at 11.48am: “Remove the fly and any visible residue from it. Everything else is fine.”
2) 11.17am “I have a computer games console which I bought together with two housemates. Two of us want to sell it – we’re moving out – but the third does not. If we sell it against his wishes (obviously splitting the proceeds between the three of us) are we contravening Halacha? Thank you for your time.”
Answered at 11:47am: “If he does not want you to sell it he may buy out your shares. Otherwise you may sell it.”
3) 11:19am “I am a Cohen, and I recently met a woman who I really connect with. She is a geyoret but was previously married. Would I be allowed to marry her – does the conversion mean that the previous marriage is wiped from the record, so to speak?
Answered at 11:49am: “No. A Cohen is not permitted to marry a giyores [convert], even if not previously married.”