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Whatever your tradition for waiting between meat and milk, let's say you forgot you were fleishig, and now realize that you have just eaten milk within your traditional waiting period. What are you supposed to do?

Do you continue to wait until the end of the initial waiting period?

Do you start over (I see this as unlikely, but had to ask)?

If one of the above, do you have to wash out the dairy taste from your mouth/brush your teeth, lest you continue to get Hanaah (enjoyment/benefit) from the potential mixture of meat and milk in your mouth?

Or does the waiting period come to an abrupt end, such that you can now eat as much milk as you want? (This would be especially convenient in some instances, such as if you've prepared a large dairy meal and realized after the first bite or two that you still have 'X' amount of time to wait until your traditional waiting period ends, after which you will be exceedingly hungry, and/or your meal will no longer be fresh.)


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I'm also curious if you can go back to eating meat immediately (assuming you normally wait some period after milk before eating meat, or even if the milk product you ate requires you normally to wait the same length of time you wait after meat).

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+1 this is why I don't eat meat during the day! –  morah hochman Dec 12 '11 at 20:27
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I'm also curious if you can go back to eating meat immediately (assuming you normally wait some period after milk before eating meat, or even if the milk product you ate requires you normally to wait the same length of time you wait after meat). But I don't think that fits within the framework of the rest of the question. –  Seth J Dec 12 '11 at 20:33
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@SethJ sounds like a separate question to me –  yydl Dec 12 '11 at 20:35
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@yydl I don't know. I think a good and full answer to this question would include an answer to that question. –  HodofHod Dec 14 '11 at 3:08
    
SethJ. I think it fits, add it in. –  HodofHod Dec 14 '11 at 3:10
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If you last ate meat at 1PM, and you normally wait 6 hours, then you can eat dairy at 7PM. It makes no difference what you've done in between. If you ate something you shouldn't have earlier, we don't penalize, but neither do we say you can eat whatever you want.

Rinsing your mouth would probably be advisable, but not required -- nothing about "prohibited benefit" here. Benefit is only prohibited if the meat and milk are Biblically prohibited, which requires that they be cooked together.

The reasons for the waiting period are either a blanket rule out of concern that there may be some traces around in your mouth, or that there's still some of the taste lingering as you digest. Either way, I see no reason why there should be any of these funny ideas you're throwing out there. Wait your normal hours from your last consumption of meat, and move on.

A more interesting question is how to deal, religiously, with your lapse.

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Sources for the claims in this answer would be invaluable. –  msh210 Dec 13 '11 at 4:40
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To add a source to Shalom's answer:

In The Kosher Kitchen, the author writes that it is a common misconception, but eating dairy after meat does not "break" the required waiting time (of whatever that person holds - e.g. 6 hours). The full amount of time must still elapse before eating more dairy.

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Is that a source? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10330/5 –  Seth J May 1 '12 at 12:48
    
@SethJ I think you meant to ask "Is that an authoritative source?". Since it is written by Rabbi Forst, I would assume that is an actual source. Incidentally, the answer there that you are probably referring to, makes no mention of a source for the idea that "No one considers any modern book as authoritative." And see my comment there... –  yydl May 1 '12 at 21:27
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No, I meant is he an original source, and if so from where does he derive his authority as such? Does he cite other sources that lead him to come on his own to his conclusion, or does he merely echo another authority that states it outright? –  Seth J May 2 '12 at 1:31
    
@SethJ Ah, yes. I shall look tomorrow when I have access to the Sefer and update accordingly. –  yydl May 2 '12 at 2:08
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@SethJ Checked. He doesn't quote anyone. –  yydl May 2 '12 at 21:03
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