How long do YOU wait?

This was a discussion started on twitter by @kvetchingeditor and it has led to an interesting exchange of information. After eating meat we are supposed to wait a certain period of time until we can eat dairy. There are those that wait one hour. People wait three hours. Or into the sixth hour or six hours. I used to wait three hours – more or less standard where I grew up. Since my recent marriage I wait into the sixth hour.


How long do YOU wait after eating meat, and why do you wait that amount? Do you know the sources for this?

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  1. Ron says:

    6 hours

  2. I wait for six hours. That’s how I was taught back in a day.

    The source for this goes down in between our teeth. Torah tells us not to eat meat with milk. Milk is usually soft product, while meat is hard food that gets stuck between our teeth. For that we have a tradition which became a law to wait certain time after eating meat before you start eating milk. With milk usually it doesn’t apply – you just wait a bit, rinse your mouth and you’re good to eat meat. However with hard cheese you gotta wait as long as you wait after meat.
    I know in Germany yekies wait for 1 hour (or 3?), here most of people as I know wait for either sixth hour (as you do) or for six hours.
    I believe this comes from Gemora (more than sure) but I’ve never learned that part yet.

  3. chavi says:

    Thanks for posting this! I will be blogging and doing my own poll hopefully. What is this term yekkie?

  4. Mottel says:

    I wait six hours.
    I’ll try to get a post about what we do and why up on my own blog soon!

  5. hadassahsabo says:

    yekkie – is a jew of German origin.this link explains it better -

  6. Mo-tech says:

    I’m a yekke, thank God, so I wait 3 hours. Only the Dutch wait 1 hour.

  7. Mottel says:

    Yekke is a Western European – specifically German Dutch or Swiss – Jews

  8. We wait into the 6th hour, that is 5 hours and 1 minute.

  9. I wait into the 6th, why I dont really know.

  10. Rina says:

    6 full hours

  11. Z! says:

    into the 5th, but longer if I can manage it.

  12. Tuvia says:

    For some reason I grew up knowing it was 4 hours but no one else seems to ever hear of that amount, so no idea why I grew up knowing that.

  13. hadassahsabo says:

    Tuvia – i never heard of 4 hours. be interested in the origin of that!

  14. Mottel says:

    My clarification of waiting between meat and milk is up on my

  15. Jack says:

    That is one issue that I thankfully don’t have to make myself crazy over.

  16. ilanadavita says:

    I wait 3 hours (yekke traditions I have adopted and what my rabbi says).

  17. Frume Sarah says:

    We do 1 hour, following the tradtion of the Dutch community.

  18. Mottel says:

    Frume Sarah, but do you or your Husband come from direct Dutch lineage?

  19. Joe in Australia says:

    My father A”H also waited four hours between meat and milk – not as a compromise, but based on a family tradition. I’ve encountered some other people originating from Hungary who had a similar custom. There’s some support for it from the Magen Avrohom (as I recall) but most people haven’t heard of it. I encourage anyone else whose family has or had this custom to contact me at a special account I set up for the purpose: threehours (at) slatermold (dot) com.

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