Inyan: Basar Bchalav Basics

Meat Between the Teeth

If after waiting six hours there is still meat between the teeth, one is required to remove the meat and wash out their mouth (either by rinsing or taking a drink) and eat something before eating dairy. If after removing the meat from one’s teeth they ate the meat that was removed, they do not […]

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Tasting Meat

If one chewed meat and spit it out (for example, for a child), they still must wait six hours before eating dairy, in line with the Rambam’s opinion that we wait for meat stuck between the teeth (שו”ע יו”ד פט:א). If one only tasted the meat with their tongue and did not chew at all, […]

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Other Halachot on Waiting Between Meat and Milk

Sleeping between meat and milk does not absolve one from waiting six hours, because the meat and taste of meat is still in a person’s mouth. If one took medicine that had meat in it, they do not have to wait six hours before eating dairy, according to most poskim. One must wait even after […]

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Heker (Reminder) When Eating at One Table

A heker is something which makes something clear to people who see it. In regards to this halacha a heker is something on the table that reminds one not to eat the wrong food (שו”ע יו”ד פח:ב). If there is a heker on the table, it is permitted to eat meat at a table which […]

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What is Considered the “Next Meal?”

There are three main opinions in regard to the length of time needed to be considered a new meal. Most Rishonim rule that the standard length of time between two meals is six hours, and that is how long one must wait between meat and dairy. This is the opinion of Rashi and the Rambam […]

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Waiting Between Meat and Milk

The Gemara (חולין קה) quotes Rav Chisda that one who eats meat may not eat dairy afterward. The Gemara writes that Mar Ukva would wait from one meal to the next to separate meat and dairy. The Rishonim give a few reasons for this. Rashi (חולין קה) writes that the reason for this is that […]

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Waiting After Dairy Before Meat

The Shulchan Aruch (יו”ד פט:ב) writes that if one ate dairy, one can eat meat immediately after that as long as they wash their mouth, eat something neutral such as bread, and wash their hands. The Rama writes that one should be stringent to wait between dairy and meat. There are many different opinions about […]

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Source of the Prohibition

The Torah writes in three places “לא תבשל גדי בחלב אמו”, You shall not cook a goat in its mother’s milk. The Gemara (חולין קטו) learns from this three separate prohibitions in regard to mixing milk and meat. Do not cook meat and milk together. Do not eat meat and milk that has been cooked […]

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Heker (Symbols) to Permit Marat Ayin

A heker is something which makes something clear to people who see it. In this halacha, a heker makes it clear to the observer that the food they see cooking or being eaten is not a forbidden mixture of meat and dairy. If one wishes to cook meat in a dairy substitute, or vice versa, […]

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Marat Ayin – Suspicious Activity

Our Sages forbade cooking or eating anything that looks like it might be a mixture of meat and dairy, even if it really is not. For example, one would not be allowed to eat a fake cheeseburger, or cook meat in soy milk. The reason behind this prohibition is referred to as marat ayin. It […]

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