Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach - May You Select Food (Borer) For Guests?
Borer is permissible under certain conditions.  One of the conditions is that it must be for immediate use.  Therefore even when borer is done for the Shabbos Seudah in a permissible way, it must be done very close to the meal.  What happens when you have guests at your table?  The problem is that in order to honor them, you prepare more than you know is necessary.  In that case you are doing borer on food that will not be eaten immediately.  Is this permissible?

The Shmiras Shabbos KiHilchoso (3:40:115) brings from the Ben Ish Chai that you may prepare lavishly in their honor without any concern.  He adds that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach held that even if you know with absolute certainty that all the food will not be eaten, it is possible that you may be allowed to prepare it.  The reason is that you are preparing for their honor and their honor is immediate.

He notes that Rav Shlomo Zalman was not sure if you may prepare food through borer for a guest to take home with him.  Although he may not eat it until later, nevertheless you prepare it in order to give to him and your giving is right now. 

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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