Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 42: 1-3
The Laws Pertaining to a Meal

1. A person who has animals or fowl who are dependent on him for their food is prohibited from eating at all until he feeds them, as [implied by Deuteronomy 11:15] " I will grant grass for your cattle in your field, that you may eat and be satisfied." Thus, the Torah gave precedence to an animal's eating before a human's. However, with regard to drinking, man comes first, as [Genesis 24:14] states: "Drink and I will also draw for your camels." Similarly, [Numbers 20:8] states: "And you will provide water for the congregation and their cattle."

2. A person should neither eat nor drink like a glutton. Neither should he eat or drink while standing. His table should be clean and covered properly, even if he is not eating food of special importance.

One should not hold and eat from a piece of food larger than a k'beitzoh. Neither is it proper to hold food with one hand and break off a piece with the other.

One should not drink an entire cup of wine at one time. A person who does so is a glutton. Finishing it in two sips is a mannered practice, but drinking it in three is a sign of haughtiness unless it is a large cup. Then, one may drink it in as many sips as one desires. Similarly, a person drinking from a very small cup may finish it in one sip.

3. A person should not take a bite out of a piece of bread and put it on the table, give it to a colleague, or put it on the serving dish, for his colleague may be disgusted by this.

One should not drink from a cup and give it to a colleague to drink the remainder. A person should take care not to drink from the remainder of a cup from which a colleague has drunk. In this instance, out of embarrassment, one's colleague may feel forced to drink.

   Laws Pertaining to a Meal
Paragraphs 4-6
Next
Table of Contents

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2000 ProjectGenesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON NETZAVIM AND VAYEILECH:

View Complete List

Paying Attention to the Voice of the Almighty
- 5767

Our Leaders Define Us
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Love your Neighbor as Yourself
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

> “Stay Alert...Stay Awake...Stay Alive!”
Jon Erlbaum -

For the Love of G-d
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

The Doors to Teshuva Never Fully Close
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

The Ends of Heaven
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Waking Up in Time
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

ArtScroll

Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Moshe Rabeinu's Last Day
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5758

We're All in this Together
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Rav Chaim Saw In The Pasuk What We See With Our Eyes
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

The Longest Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

The Need To Be Warned Against Idolatry
- 5773

Spiritual Impressions
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information