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Food ‘fight’ in the Talmud

There is something like you mention in the Talmud Yerushalmi in Demai 7:1: Rebbi and Rabbi Yossi were invited as guests to eat at the home of a certain man. However, the Rabbis suspected that he did ...
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Food ‘fight’ in the Talmud

I found one mention of throwing food in the gemara - but in general there is a law not to waste food and thus the whole idea of throwing away and spoiling food goes against the Torah ethic. The ...
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Must chewing gum be removed before saying a bracha?

Orach Chaim 172:2 - you should remove the candy from your mouth and make a Bracha. If it is chewed and unappetizing to remove, you may push it to the side of your mouth and make a Bracha.
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Sefer on bal tashchit

There is a kuntres available on Hebrewbooks here - authored by Rabbi Yosef Dovid Cohen
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Food ‘fight’ in the Talmud

See Shulchan Aruch (OC 171:1): שלא לנהוג בזיון באוכלים ואין זורקים הפת משום בזיון אוכלים וכשם שאין זורקין את הפת כך אין זורקין אוכלי' הנמאסים ע"י זריקה אבל מידי דלא ממאיס כגון אגוזים ...
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Can one prune a fruit tree?

As you are well aware, cutting down a fruit tree is subject to many prohibitions. You ask about pruning down which is more easily permissible. ShulchanAruchHarav brings details here Some Poskim rule ...
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Is destroying money Bal Tashchit

Rambam Melachim 6.10 says wasting other items not just fruit trees: וְלֹא הָאִילָנוֹת בִּלְבַד. אֶלָּא כָּל הַמְשַׁבֵּר כֵּלִים. וְקוֹרֵעַ בְּגָדִים. וְהוֹרֵס בִּנְיָן. וְסוֹתֵם מַעְיָן. וּמְאַבֵּד ...
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Did Rav Papa issue a halachic ruling in order to benefit financially?

Background: The gemara you're referencing is part of a series on Shabbos 140b about Rav Chisda giving sound economic advice. For example: since bundles of vegetables & sticks all cost the ...
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Is Rabeinu Yonah at all encouraging wasting any food?

Rabbeinu Yonah is not recommending we waste food. He is recommending we utilize some of each meal to practice self-restraint. Developing our ability to say "no" to a physical desire is no less ...
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Must chewing gum be removed before saying a bracha?

Your mouth should be empty when saying a bracha: We learn this from the passuk: (Tehillim 71:8) Let my mouth be filled with Your praise ימלא פי תהילתך The emphasis is on our mouths not having ...
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Bal Tashchit and Chametz

I have always had this question as well, and I recently found an answer:) In Yabia Omer Chelek Even Haezer 4:9 אות ד Rav Ovadia discusses how the custom of breaking the cup at the wedding is not bal ...
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Throwing away leftover kiddush wine

Actually, (based on a Gemara) the Kitzur in סימן עז - דיני הקדוש והסעודות בלילה וביום states that one is supposed to leave over wine from the night Kiddush to the morning one, and for the morning for ...
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Can one prune a fruit tree?

OU Kosher here writes as follows: There is a Biblical prohibition to cut down a fruit tree based on verses in Devarim (20:19-20). From the Talmud and poskim it emerges that there are several ...
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Practice for Shechita

Based on this answer it would seem that it is an issur of Bal Tashchis. He is basing it off of Rishonim who say that it is only permitted if the price of non kosher meat is the same as kosher (i.e. ...
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Is Rabeinu Yonah at all encouraging wasting any food?

The Gemora in Eiruvin 53b mentions this practice of leaving food at the corner of the plate for the shamash (attender) to eat his portion (also see Shulchan Aruch OC 170,3): אמר רבי יהושע בן חנניה.....
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Ramifications of eating (or forcing to eat) food one doesn’t like

Here is a relevant opinion by Rabbis Yair Spolter and Shraga Simmons on Aish: "Only pleasant-tasting foods require a bracha. Food eaten only for health reasons that are not pleasurable to eat, require ...
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