Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Coffee and Cake

“After you acted with haughtiness by eating and drinking, you then accept the yoke of heaven on yourself!” (Berachos 10b)

With these words, the Gemara teaches us that eating beforehand implies arrogance. Accordingly, one may drink water, which is not a sign of haughtiness (Shulchan Aruch 89,3).

Many people drink coffee or tea in order to be more alert. Since the purpose of one’s drinking is to enhance his concentration, this is not considered haughtiness. This is especially pertinent in the case of a caffeine addict, whose tefillah can be seriously hindered, in which case a caffeinated drink is permitted (Mishnah Berurah 89,22).

Earlier authorities categorize adding sugar or milk to coffee as an act of arrogance. However, since many people today are accustomed to drinking their coffee with sugar and milk, it may no longer be considered thus (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as cited in Halichos Shlomo, Tefillah 2,2). A person may not have cake or any other food with his coffee, unless he is so hungry that he cannot concentrate on his prayer (Mishnah Berurah 89,22).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Rising Above It All
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

An Invitation to Attack
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Tzedakah vs. Charity: What is the difference?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Giving in to the Dictates of One's Heart
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Two People, One Soul
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

Nerve Centre of the Year
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

ArtScroll

The Epitome of G-d's Kindness
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Parshas Ki Seitzei
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5771

Doing A Mitzvah With Regard for Another's Feelings
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Encouraging News Before Rosh Hashana
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Close Only Counts In Horse-Shoes
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5772

Lessons on Prayer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

> It's Never Too Late
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

Perfect Bliss
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

When It Measures Up
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Circumstantial Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763



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