Halachically Speaking: Food In The Hands Of A Non-Jew (Part 13)

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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

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Pizza Deliveries

It is very common for pizza to be delivered by a non-Jew to one’s home without a seal or tape on the box. Is this a concern?  

As mentioned above, if there is no concern that the non-Jew will benefit from switching the food then there is no need for a seal on the package. The non-Jew derives no benefit by switching the kosher pizza for non-kosher, since if he is hungry he can buy pizza anywhere. However, others say that it is preferable to make sure that the pizza box is sealed with tamper proof tape.83 

Sending a Worker to go Shopping

Sometimes a non-Jewish housekeeper will be sent to the store to buy some kosher items.

Since she can benefit from buying less expensive non-kosher items and keeping the extra money, one cannot accept the food without a proper seal.84 However, one can ask the worker for an itemized bill of what she bought and check to see if it was purchased at a kosher store.  

Workers Will Not Jeopardize Their Livelihood

There is a concept in halacha that a non-Jewish worker will not commit an act that can jeopardize his livelihood. This applies to these halachos as well.85 Therefore, if it is a situation where he can lose his livelihood if he is caught tampering seals, then we do not have to be concerned that he will do so.86 

Based on the above, the custom it to permit a non-Jew to cook food for someone in his home (aside from any bishul akum concerns).87 However, one should not rely on this heter without consulting with a Rav.