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Pleitos from Living Being

1. Is a davar chai polet? Say a live chicken fell into milk and was pulled out while still alive. I recall hearing that not, but I can’t find the source.

2. I was recently told that if you wash your hands for bread and someone touches your wet hands you only have to wash over if that person was also planning on washing for bread. But, if stam a person walking by touches you then you need not wash over. Is this correct?
Thank you

Answer:

1   Shu”t Pri Yitzchak brings a dispute on this matter, his opinion is that there is pleyta from a living being. Rav Akiva Eiger in in Y:D SIman 9 seems to hold this way as well. See Kehillos Yaakov CHullin Siman 5 for an extensive discussion.

2    Touching the wet hand will disqualify the netilas yadayim from any person regardless of his plans of washing, see SHulchan Aruch O:C 162:4.

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  1. This is a famous Pischei teshuva quoting the Chasam Sofer – who seems to imply that there are bleeyos from Chai – but disagrees – as does the Pri megadim and most other poskim. The Steipler is mechalek (dead limb) to answer up for the shittah of the Chasam Sofer. According to your seeming conclusion if one touches a hot pot it now became treif !!!- This is obviously not halacha pesuka – the Rav’s response misleading.

    1. the question requested sources which were provided
      in terms of practical halacha one who touches a pot will not make it treif
      as well as someone who drinks scalding tea

      this may be for many reasons as the steipler there explains, according to many rishonim people are kosher [or at least no lav]

      thank you for the clarification

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