Halachically Speaking: Food In The Hands Of A Non-Jew (Part 4)


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Compiled by Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits who can be reached at [email protected]

Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita

All Piskei Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita are Reviewed by Harav Yisrael Belsky Shlita

Volume 6 Issue 6


L’chatchilah or B’dieved?

There is a discussion if one is permitted to send items with a non-Jew if the food has the correct seal or seals. Some only permit the item after the fact (b’dieved), but prohibit the practice. The custom follows the opinion which permits it even l’chatchilah.28  


If the item of food was left in a hefker place and not in the hands of the non-Jew there is no concern of him switching the food (we will see later how this relates to hospitals).29 
After the Fact

A food which was sent with a non-Jew without the required seals and was used by a Jew would render his utensils non – kosher.30  

Tevias Ayin

If one has a tevias ayin (recognizes) that this food is from a Jewish company because of the way the food is made or shaped, then there is no requirement for the food to have a seal.31