If a piece of a biblically forbidden food (such as a piece of pork), falls into a bowl of meat. We all know the rule, it's batul bshishim. How about a piece of food which is only rabbinically prohibited (a food that contains דברים מעמידים such as cheese). If the cheese would fall into a bowl of other cheeses, would the same laws of bitul apply regarding the shishim part. Or would we be even more meikel, because the food itself is only rabbinic?

  • Is the bowl hot? Is the rabbinic prohibition עיקרה מן התורה?
    – Double AA
    May 29, 2014 at 3:59
  • I don't understand your case. Is this Lach beLach on Min beMino or is it Yavesh beYavesh on Min besheEino Mino?
    – Double AA
    May 29, 2014 at 4:46

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Assuming I understand your question correctly, batel b'shishim applies to both rabbinically and torah prohibited foods. It's basically the ratio at which chazal felt a tiny quantity of food became relevant.

However keep in mind it only applies to food when you can't separate the two foods. If a piece of non-kosher cheese fell into a bowl full of pieces of cheese, I see no reason why you wouldn't just pick it out.

  • If they are all the same color. Then you wouldn't be able to tell them apart Jun 15, 2014 at 7:51
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    That would be an issue of Rov, not batel b'shishim. Jun 21, 2014 at 21:44
  • Well if the issue is rov then the cheeses are forsure kosher because rov of the cheese is kosher. Jun 22, 2014 at 9:36
  • @Bachrach44 I'm really confused; I thought batel b'shishim generally only applies to bosor b'cholov (=kosher and kosher mixtures), not taruvos (=kosher and non-kosher)?
    – SAH
    Feb 12, 2018 at 13:18
  • @SAH It applies to taaruvot. 60 is the quantification of how much taste spreads, so it is used whenever we have a case of ta'am k'ikar. (There are a few exceptions, I'm ignoring them for now). See Mishnah Chullin 7:4-5 and Yoreh Deah 98 (especially the rema in 98:1). Feb 12, 2018 at 20:37

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