Published August 3, 2004
Ask Rabbi Dan
If I am keeping kosher and have chicken for dinner, may I have dairy right after? I am on vacation and it has become an issue.
Although chicken is technically not meat, it is considered the same as meat
in terms of kashruth. In other words, the same edicts that apply to beef
applies to chicken. That, I guess, given the fact that you have concerns while
on vacation, is the bad news. However, the good news is that you are welcome to
either follow your father's minhag/custom or in the absence of that,
create your own by investigating the customs of Jews in different parts of the
world. In some cultures, it is permissible to eat dairy as soon as 72 minutes
after consuming meat. In most countries, it is 6 hours. Going from dairy to
meat, depending on the culture, can be anywhere from wiping your lips and
rinsing your mouth to a three hour wait.
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