- Question: [Tuesday, 7th MarCheshvan, 5783]
I ate meat but am not sure exactly at what time I finished eating. It was either 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. What am I supposed to do about waiting six hours. Must I be stringent to wait until 10:00, or can I eat dairy already at 9:00
This matter is debated amongst the Poskim, and practically, if you choose to be lenient to start eating dairy from the earlier time [i.e. 9:00] you have upon whom to rely.
Explanation: Although in general the rule is that we are lenient in a case of a Rabbinical doubt, practically we rule that by a Davar Sheyeish Lo Matirin, one is to be stringent. Hence, some Poskim rule that here too one is to be stringent to wait from the later time of doubt. However, other Poskim rule that the concept of Davar Sheyeish Lo Matirin does not apply in this case, as well as due to the fact that the entire concept of waiting six hours is udner debate and the main ruling of Ashkenazim is to be lenient.
Sources: See Darkei Teshuvah 89:5; Poskim who are stringent to wait from later time: Yad Yehuda 89; Poskim who are lenient to wait from earlier time: Darkei Teshuvah 89:5; Mishneh Halachos 5:97; Hakashrus 10:33; See regarding general law of being stringent in a case of Safek by Davar Sheyeish Lo Matirin: Admur 325:10; 515:3; M”A 497:3; Taz 515:13