Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Do We Have to Wait?

I'm sure that many of you who are reading this post are hoping that it is premised on one of mankind's many existential quandaries. Unfortunately, or should I say fortunately, this post is about something of a different nature:

Namely, does one need to wait six hours (or however long they wait) after tasting - but not swallowing - chicken or meat soup before eating dairy?

Tasting: Merely tasting and not swallowing or chewing solid or liquid meaty foods does not render on "fleishig"(Tzitz Eliezer 14:47; Be'er Moshe 2:28). As long as one drinks and rinses their mouth they may eat dairy products without having to wait. One can "clean" their mouth by eating a chunk of parve and chewing it thoroughly. "Rinsing" the mouth cmeans washing out the mouth with water or taking a drink of water or any other beverage. (Pischei Halacha says that Brushing teeth does this as well)

Chewing: One who chewed meat or chicken but did not swallow any, should clean and rinse his mouth and teeth and wait at least one hour before eating dairy. (R' Akiva Eiger 89:1, the Pischei Teshuva is more stringent and says that one would have to wait their full waiting time)

Swallowing: One who swallowed even without cheing any solid or liquid meaty food, should wait however long he normally waits after eating meat before eating dairy.

* Taken from R' Neustadt's Diyunei Halacha - The Daily Halachic Discussion
**Please consult your Local Rabbi on the matter before coming to any Halachic Decisions

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