Sunday, July 28, 2013

Eating in another's home


"One who is hosted at a home anywhere, at any time, and is brought wine or meat or cheese or a piece of fish may eat without need of inquiring [regarding its kashrut], eve n where he does not know the host, but only knows that the host is Jewish.

"If the host is known not to observe kashrut, not to be careful with such matters, then one may not be hosted in his home.

"One who violates this and is hosted there may not eat meat or drink wine on his say-so until someone acceptable testifies regarding the food."

(Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Maachalot Asurot 11:26)

[Note: This does not address the case of a well-meaning kashrut-observing host who is unaware of a particular nuance of the law. Clearly, one could not rely upon him regarding a law of which he was ignorant.]

Have a great day,

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