In Siman 69:20, there’s reference to a “ma’aseh Rashi”, in which Rashi rules that what comes out after shiur melicha is “mohel” and not “dam”. What does “mohel” mean here?

  • Where is this Siman 69:20 you cite, so that others can see it inside? Is that Tur? Shulchan Aruch? Beis Yosef? Aruch HaShulchan? – DonielF May 27 '19 at 19:20
  • @DonielF can't be Tur. It doesn't have subsections. – msh210 May 27 '19 at 23:38
  • I remember when I learnt melicha we translated mahul as water based juice,that it isn't dam,but rather like water. – sam May 28 '19 at 0:13
  • I think the loshon is ma li mayim,ma li mahul. – sam May 28 '19 at 0:22
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    AFAICT, this term does not appear in Shulchan Aruch or Tur on the topic, but it does appear in Beis Yosef YD 67:10 and 69:15,49,51, as well as Aruch HaShulchan several times throughout the lengthy YD 69 (but not in §20). Rashi is only cited in the first of those, but not as saying anything remotely similar as what’s written here. Did you misquote and misremember the details of what he said? Can you provide anything to help us find the original quote, to confirm if the current answers actually make sense in context? – DonielF May 28 '19 at 0:39

The Sefer Yoreh Binah (Practical guide to the terminology of Yoreh Deah- Rabbi Daniel Yaakov Travis):


Definition: Liquid of heter that is discharged from meat after the shiur melicha [=amount of time necessary for salting].

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    So you're saying that Rashi (cited in the question) is giving a definition of mohel rather than an example of it? – msh210 May 28 '19 at 8:58

Jastrow translates it as secretion: https://www.sefaria.org/Jastrow%2C_%D7%9E%D7%95%D6%B9%D7%94%D6%B7%D7%9C.1?lang=bi&with=Jastrow&lang2=en


In modern Hebrew, Mohel means dilution (למהול = to dilute). I think that it means something like that here, too.

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