Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Separating Two Kinds of Food on Shabbat

Separating Two Kinds of Good Food
Day: Tuesday
Date: October 28, 2014
Parshat: Lech Lecha
Yalkut Yosef: 319

If one has in front of him a mixture of two different kinds of food, one that he wants and one that he doesn't, even though they are both edible, for our purposes the one that he doesn't want is considered to be bad food. As we have said earlier, (see DSH from October 26, 2014) one should take the item that he does want out of the mixture and not the other way around. Therefore, one who is eating salad that has an ingredient he doesn't like may not remove that ingredient. Even though he is eating the salad right away and the separation is being done by hand, since he doesn't want that ingredient it would be considered Borer if he were to remove that ingredient.
If there are others present who want the part that he doesn't want, he may separate it for them. For example if at a meal one is served bread with olives he may take out the olives to give someone else even though he doesn't like them. However, if no one else wants the olives then he may not remove them.

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