Saturday, March 13, 2010

Uncovered water


The Torah warns us to guard our lives, and therefore we avoid eating foods which might be dangerous.

Historically, Jews avoided drinking beverages that had been left out uncovered, due to concern for venomous creatures that might have imparted toxin into the drinks.

One whose environment is safe from such risks may drink such a beverage, but we tend to err on the side of caution.

(Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 116:1; Pitchei Teshuvah Yoreh Deah 116:1)

Have a great day,

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