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Different Quality Foods & Borer

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Question:

Are different quality foods subject to the Melachah of Borer?


Answer:

Items of the same species but significantly different quality can constitute a mixture.[1] Examples include fresh and spoiled fruits or cooked and burnt foods.[2] For instance, when one has a grape cluster that has some spoiled and some fresh grapes, one may not pick out the spoiled grapes. If one only picked out the spoiled grapes, and the grapes were partially edible, then one only transgresses a rabbinical prohibition. Rather, one may only pick out the fresh grapes from the cluster and leave the spoiled ones behind.[3]


Excerpted from R’ Yonatan Nacson’s ‘Laws of Shabbat’, vol. 1 p. 367


Sources:

[1]. See Mishnah Berurah 319:7 who states that one item must be perfectly usable, and the other inferior item would be used only in cases of necessity.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 319:15.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 179.


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