Halachically Speaking: Food In The Hands Of A Non-Jew (Part 2)


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Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita

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Volume 6 Issue 6


Food in the Hands of a Non-Jew5

Generally speaking, any food item which is entrusted or sent6 in the hands of a non-Jew requires a seal to ensure that the item was not exchanged.7 Items whose consumption is d’oraisa in nature require two seals,8 including but not limited to9 wine (see footnote),10 meat, chicken11 and fish.12 Concerning Pesach, a food which the non-Jew may switch for chametz would require two seals.13 However, those foods whose consumption is of d’rabbanan in nature such as cooked wine,14 milk,15 cheese,16 bread (see later on), honey, and oil17 only require one seal.18 

Some explain that the need for two seals is because these items are expensive and the non-Jew might make an effort to exchange it for an inferior product. Therefore, two seals are required as a deterrent.19 In addition, when there are two seals it would be a bother for the non-Jew to undo them and switch the product, so for d’oraisas we require two seals.20 Wine requires two seals because everyone likes wine and there is a concern of switching it for non-kosher wine.21