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

Email this article to a friend

Small Portions

On Yom Kippur, if a person is sick and must eat, when possible he should have small amounts of food (shiurim). Since he is not consuming a satisfying quantity of food, he is not considered to have completely broken the fast. On other fast days Chazal did not obligate a sick person to consume smaller amounts of food.

Some halachic authorities apply this concept to eating before prayer. Even if a person is sick, if he can eat less than the amount that is considered a shiur (k’zayis), then he should eat the smaller amount (Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach as cited in Halichos Shlomo, Tefillah 2,1). However, since most authorities do not mention this stringency, we may conclude that the accepted custom permits a sick person to eat regularly without concern for the size of the portion (heard from Rav Moshe Sternbuch).

When a person must eat before tefillah, need he be concerned about the type of food he eats? A sick person can eat whatever will put him in the healthiest state so he can pray properly. He may even eat tasty foods, which in other situations would be considered haughtiness, since in this instance he is eating for health reasons (Mishnah Berurah 89,24).


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


 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Fix the World
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Choosing a Vision
- 5768

The Shepherd Sticks with His Flock
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

ArtScroll

Our Father, Our Light
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

When Moshiach Comes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

By The Rivers of Babylon...
Shlomo Katz - 5759

> Kamtza and Bar-Kamtza
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Manifestations of Mourning
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

A Judgement Call
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Learning to Love What Is!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

The Real $24,000 Question
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Immortal Teacher
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The World Within
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5769

Tooth and Nail
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Placing The Partitions
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5770

Unquestioned Answers
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761



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