Halachically Speaking: Food In The Hands Of A Non-Jew (Part 10)


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

Reviewed by Rabbi Ben-zion Schiffenbauer Shlita

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Volume 6 Issue 6


Deliveries Left Outside

It is common for a supermarket to make a home delivery and leave the order outside without proper seals. However, the food is permitted since there is no reason why a non-Jew will exchange the food. If he is hungry then he will take it and you will notice that your order is missing some items.  

Leaving Pots Unwatched

Obviously, a non-Jew alone in our homes has access to our pots. How is this permitted since the non-Jew can use our pots without knowing?  

The halacha states that if one is not “going and coming” (yotzei v’nichnas) from his home69 then he should not leave his utensils with the non-Jew.70 The concern is that the non-Jew will add some non-kosher ingredients to a cooking dish in order to improve its taste.71 

If the Jew serves lunch to the non-Jew, there is no concern of a non-Jew cooking non-kosher with one’s pots.72 Others permit this practice since our utensils are placed in shelves with doors in an orderly fashion, and it would be obvious if the pots were used.73 

It is a good idea to be present when the non-Jew washes the dishes in order to make sure that she does not mix the meat and dairy together in the same sink (i.e. use the same sponge for both).74  

Some poskim say that if the non-Jew has cooking responsibilities in the home one must lock up the dishes if she is left alone in the home.75