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In todays generation when there is leftover bread or Challah we often discard it. As bread is the food for life there are those that either feed it to the birds, make kugel, breadcrumbs, etc. instead of discarding it. Is there an Issur of throwing bread away?

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Similar: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6785 –  msh210 Oct 9 '13 at 19:01

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Destruction of any object or food that is still usable falls under the catagory of Lo Sashchis (Rambam Melachim 6:10)

I sometimes leave the bread out until it stales and is no longer edible to the norm of society. Alternatively, I throw it in the garbage inside a bag so that the bread is preserved in its state.

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If it is good it should not be thrown away.

However, I have seen that some people dump such bread in public places, allegedly to feed birds, causing a mess and possibly unhealthy conditions. They should only do that on their own property or in a place where they have permission to do so.

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What is your source? –  Yahu Oct 5 '10 at 23:43

I don't know from where I remember this:

The bread part that is less then כזית could be thrown away.

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This comes from the idea that pieces less than a kazais are not fit for human usage. Firstly, it is dependent on societal norms. Secondly, if you are normally strict about the size of a kazais, remember to be strict the other way. I assume the reasoning is that throwing the pieces away doesn't make less fit for animal consumption, but throwing away larger pieces renders them unfit for humans and significantly lowers their level of usage (to only fit for animals) which qualifies for the issur of lo sashchis. –  YDK Oct 21 '10 at 15:53

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