In SA OC 551 the minhag of not eating basar during the nine days is brought down. The term basar usually refers to meat or chicken but not to all fleishige products (considered fleishig halachically). So my question is, are we dealing here with a prohibition on meat and chicken only, as they are considered to be a delight (for example on Yom tov one should eat meat since it brings שמחה) or are all fleishige foods included this prohibition? For example would i be able to eat liver during the nine days?

  • Is liver not a delight? Personally I find it offal, but others definitely think it's a treat – Double AA Jul 30 '17 at 12:53
  • Notably the Minhag now need not be what it was when the Rama recorded it, so a Diyuk there is of limited value. In general people don't seem to be able to handle different kinds of meat statuses and treat all meat the same, for better or worse – Double AA Jul 30 '17 at 13:02
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    Why should liver not be meat? – sabbahillel Jul 30 '17 at 14:01
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    Do you think you are not yotzeh meat on y.t. when eating liver? – user6591 Jul 30 '17 at 14:37
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    Someone told me that chicken is not a delight (שמחה)--for example the mitzvah of eating basar on yom tov does not include chicken--but is still prohibited during the nine days, so obviously were not dealing with שמחת בשר per se, but all kinds of fleishigs. – Bach Jul 30 '17 at 18:57

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