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Halachipedia writes on the prohibition of food cooked by non-Jews (Bishul Akum)

There are a number of reasons for this gezeirah. The opinion of Rashi is that chazal wanted to prevent socializing with non-Jews, which might lead to intermarriage (chasnus). Rashi in Meseches Avodah Zarah says that we are concerned that if the Jew often eats the non-Jew's food, the non-Jew might later serve a non-kosher food item to the Jew. Most poskim agree with the first reason.

If the accepted reason is to prevent intermarriage, should there not be another prohibition, that is a Jew should not cook food for a non-Jew which equally might lead to socializing with non-Jews, and intermarriage? Let there then be a gezeirah on Jewish people not to share their food with non-Jews?

  • But isn't the gezeirah on the status of the food? The food is unacceptable to the Jew because of the concern over later behaviors. Are you suggesting that the food become inedible for the Jew who cooked it because of its possible use or that the non-Jew be bound by a Jewish law regarding the status of the food? Or are you asking about a broader injunction against socializing and intermarrying (which might already exist)? – rosends Aug 11 at 12:07
  • Wouldn't the parallel be that the gentile can't eat food cooked by a Jew? Is there rabbinic prohibitions like that on a gentile? – Double AA Aug 11 at 12:20
  • בשביל חנופה שהחניפו לקרח על עסקי לגימה. סנהדרין נב ע׳א. The one who feeds brings the eater towards the feeder's perspective – user6591 Aug 11 at 12:46
  • @rosends Good point. I am not concerned with the status of the food for the non-Jew nor do I suggest that Chazal made a gezeirah applicable to the the non-Jew. I am concerned with following the reason behind Bishul Akum which should find expression in an "injunction against socializing". Can you quote such an injunction please? – Avrohom Yitzchok Aug 11 at 15:16
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    other prohibitions to prevent socializing: halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Socializing_with_Non-Jews – H. Eugene Walters Aug 11 at 17:40

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