When designating which sink in a kitchen is Milchig and which is Fleishig, is there any preferred method for which should side should be which. (Eg left meat and right milk, or vice versa)? What about for utensils?

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    Note incidentally that a kosher kitchen does not need separate sinks for dairy and meat, contrary to some people's apparent belief. (Until fairly recently it was highly unusual to have more than one sink in a kitchen, even a kosher kitchen.) (I don't mean to imply that the questioner here is misinformed; I'm merely informing anyone interested.)
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 4:52
  • Many question the whole idea of having one sink divided into two, because if cham miktzaso cham kulo (if part of an object is hot, the whole piece is hot), when one pours hot water (over 110 F) onto the Fleishig side, the whole sink becomes fleishig, and then when one pours hot water over the milchig, it absorbs from the milk side, and causes Basar and Chalav.
    – Joe Shmoe
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 5:46
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    @JoeShmoe- that is not correct. Unless you have a heat source in your sink, iruy will only affect the specific places you poured onto.
    – YDK
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 15:16
  • @msh210 How so (how would it work)?
    – yydl
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 21:19
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    @yydl, AFAIK (and this is how I grew up) you don't put dishes on the floor of the sink, putting them on a drainboard/dishrack/whatever it's called instead (separate racks for dairy and for meat), and don't let hot water rise to the level of the dishes in the sink, but CYLOR.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 11, 2010 at 6:24

2 Answers 2


Whatever makes the most sense for you and your kitchen.

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    ... and your wife
    – jutky
    Commented Oct 9, 2010 at 23:37
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    ...or rather, both of you. (You will both be washing dishes rather than expecting her to do all of them, right?)
    – Alex
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 0:08
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    Alex, Gut Voch! Good husband! I've heard washing the dishes is a segulah for shalom bayis!
    – Shalom
    Commented Oct 10, 2010 at 1:29
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    @Shalom Story with the Lubavitcher Rebbe: A man once asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe if it is true that folding your tallis right after shabbos is a segulah for shalom bayis. The Rebbe answered, "I don't know about that, but rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes after shabbos is a segulah for shalom bayis".
    – Menachem
    Commented Jun 3, 2011 at 20:31

Often times people make the Fleishige side the side closer to the oven - for practical reasons, as that is what is cooked most, however everyone can and should do what makes most sense for them.

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