Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mitzvah #23 - Don't consume food sacrificed to idols

Food that was sacrificed to idols is forbidden.

One who eats, drinks or has any benefit from such food is given 39 lashes by Bet Din.

By Rabbinic Decree one may not drink any wine that was touched by a non-Jew, unless it was previously boiled.

One may also not eat at the wedding of an idol worshipper even if one brings one's own food and is served by a Jewish waiter.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Pasuk: "Beware... lest he call you to eat from his sacrifices" (Shmot 34:15)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Negative Mitzvah 15

Shabbat Shalom

- Danny
Thursday, 18 Marcheshvan 5770

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