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Rabbi Josh Bennet
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From time immemorial, religious Jews have
Chaim 173”. On the spot, however, the Darkei Moshe
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(by R’ Moshe Isserles) says that R’ Yosef Karo must
and meat. The source for this is not in the
have mixed up milk and meat! (And yes, he does seem
Torah itself. Rather, it is considered dangerous,
to intend the play on words). He insists that we have
to the point that it can cause tsora’as. There
is also a halachic principle of chamira
sakanta me’issura, danger is more severe
than prohibition, which according to some
poskim means that although certain issurim
never heard of such a problem. This would imply that
the Rema had never seen the commentary of Rabbeinu
Bachye on Parshas Mishpotim. There, on the posuk of
đĚČ čĘēč ĕďĎ ĘĥčĦ ČĘ, he states that it is dangerous to
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Of course, this all really begs the question of why
are botul in mixtures,that would not apply
didn’t R’ Yosef Karo bring down this halocho in the
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Shulchan Aruch? In fact, he makes it quite clear that it
the obvious applications this has, one lesser
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known problem is the use of Worcestershire
The answer may lie in the severity of the danger
Sauce, which usually contains anchovies, in
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meaty dishes. Certain hechsherim do not insist
accepted that there is a danger of tzora’as caused by
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is less than one sixtieth of the product. If one
Avrohom, amongst others, suggests that this may no
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basic halocho is that one can be meikel, one
would need to check the ingredients listing to
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in halocho, and it may just be a matter of avoiding
unhealthy foods. In fact, as one can perhaps infer
from Rabbeinu Bachye (as pointed out by the Aruch
Federation would insist that a Worcestershire
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and cheese, and not actual milk.
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Fish And Milk
Do They Go Together?
As to how one should conduct one’s self, although
it is clear that the Rema, Shach, Taz and the majority
of the Ashkenazi poskim held this not to be a problem,
and as we have seen, it isn’t even mentioned in the
Shulchan Aruch, a number of poskim, including the
applies to Sephardim and not Ashkenazim, however, as
Levush and the Pri Megadim, hold that one should be
we shall see, it may not be so simple.
machmir. Additionally, R’ Ovadiah Yosef in his sefer
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Yechaveh Da’as makes it clear that Sephardim should
tends to be in the Beis Yosef, the commentary on the
be machmir, although he holds that there is no need for
Tur by R’ Yosef Karo. In Yoreh Deiah 87-3, he wrotes
Ashkenazim to be. So the next time you see someone
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avoiding a salmon and cream cheese bagel, or an
of the danger involved, as it is explained in Orach
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