[Avodah] May one eat a salad at non-kosher restaurants while on the road?
Prof. L. Levine
llevine at stevens.edu
Thu Jul 22 05:14:58 PDT 2021
>From today's OU Kosher Halacha Yomis
Q. May one eat a salad at non-kosher restaurants while on the road?
A. Rav Belsky, zt”l ruled that one may absolutely not eat a salad at a non-kosher or vegan restaurant. Here are several of the reasons:
1. Maris Ayin – eating in a non-kosher restaurant gives the impression that one is doing something forbidden.
2. The knives used to cut the salad may be soiled from non-Kosher use and that would make the salad non-kosher.
3. Even if the knives were clean, if they were used to cut ‘sharp’ or spicy vegetables, they will transfer the non-kosher taste from previous usage.
4. Many vegetables need to be checked for insect infestation in order to be considered kosher.
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