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If non-kosher food is eaten accidentally, do you have to do anything afterward? Is some form of “purification” required? If so, what?

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@DoubleAA I don't think the relationship between that question and this is immediately obvious. Are you referring to the part about cleaning out your mouth? – Fred Jul 6 '14 at 22:13
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5799 – Fred Jul 6 '14 at 22:15
Hey @trig. Here is a perspective on your question: chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1614932/jewish/…. And another: chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/709029/jewish/…. And still another: myjewishlearning.com/ask_the_expert/at/… – JJLL Jul 6 '14 at 23:30
@Fred Just both cases of i ate something when i wasn't supposed to; what now? I recognize the nature of the prohibitions are different. – Double AA Jul 7 '14 at 2:22
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"Purification?" No. (And this kind of thinking has unfortunately lead to OCD in some people.)

Technically, if I eat a non-kosher-slaughtered chicken, that renders me "ritually impure", and I can't enter the Temple until I do a ritual bath and wait until nightfall; but those laws are generally moot with regards to the world in which we live today.

Eating non-kosher is a sin like any other sin, and follows the same atonement process. In Temple times, some severe categories of non-kosher would require a "mistaken sin" sacrifice; today we don't have sacrifices. Basically, it's feel remorse that you did it (which if it was really a mistake, you probably already have remorse) and make plans to educate yourself better so you don't make such mistakes again.

Lastly, for trivia's sake: technically, human milk is always kosher, regardless of what the human was eating; however, some have a fixation about if the mom ate non-kosher. So if a nursing Hassidic mom ate non-kosher by mistake, her rabbi might advise her to pump and dump for a day or so until it's out of her system. (Again -- the formal law doesn't require this.)

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I don't know about you, but I'd be rather annoyed if I found out that I'd eaten treif. I'm not sure about remorse, but negative emotions in general would likely be had. – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 13 '15 at 15:05

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