DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
"Delivered to Over 6000 Registered Recipients Each Day"

(File size: 602 KB)
Borer: Selecting from a Mixture of Two Foods

The Halacha establishes that the prohibition of Borer applies also to mixtures in which both components are edible, but one is not desired. The undesired component becomes “relative P’solet.” This Halacha is brought by Tosafot (Shabbat 74), Rambam (Shabbat 8:13) and Maran (319:4).

The conventional understanding would be that such a mixture has the same Halacha as a mixture containing inedible P’solet (waste). That is, one must select and remove the food that he desires and leave the relative P’solet. However, careful analysis of the Rambam’s language reveals a big Chidush and leniency. He says “Borer Ha’ehad Min Ha’ehad,” implying that it doesn’t matter which element is selected. This is how Rabbi David Aramah and the Meirat Sefer () understands the Rambam.

The Shulhan Aruch quotes the Rambam verbatim, but the Rema adds a gloss (listen to audio for exact citation), specifying that the undesired food must remain. The Mishna Berura (Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933) explains that the Rema is teaching that one must always select the desired food. Thus there is a Machloket how to understand the Rambam. The Be’ur Halacha (Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan of Radin, 1839-1933) writes that because this Machloket touches on an Isur D’oraita (Torah prohibition), one must be stringent.


Even when a mixture contains two foods, one must always select and remove the food which he desires.


Recent Daily Halachot...
Borer: Selecting Cutlery to Set a Table for the Next Day
Borer: Selecting Clothes in a Dark Room
Borer: Is Peeling and Removing Wrappers from Food Considered Borer?
Borer: Is It Permissible to Scatter a Mixture and Select From It?
Borer: May One Remove a Fly from a Cup of Wine on Shabbat?
Opening Nuts & Peapods on Shabbat
Borer: Filtering Liquids on Shabbat
Borer- Is A Sink Drain Strainer Permissible On Shabbat Even Though It May Be Separating And Selecting Out Foods
Borer – May One Separate Food With a Fork, and How Long Before a Meal May One Separate Food?
Is It Permissible To Separate Forks From Knives on Shabbat?
Is It Permissible to Add Hot Water to Instant Soup Mixes on Shabbat?
Borer: Removing Bones from Fish on Shabbat
Borer: Selecting from a Mixture of Different Types of Fish on Shabbat
Peeling Garlic, Onions, Bananas, Hard Boiled Eggs, Oranges, Grapefruits, Mango, Apples, Cucumbers, Carrots, Chicken with Skin on Shabbat
Borer: Is It Permissible to Select for Other People?
Page of 207
3099 Halachot found