batel b'shishim


batel b'shishim (BAH-tel bih-SHEE-sheem) listen


  • adj. "Of no significance" (Glinert).

  • adj. A concept in kosher laws where if a small amount of forbidden food is mixed with a permitted one (such as dairy in a meat dish), the dish is still kosher provided that the prohibited item it is only one sixtieth of the total.

Example Sentences

  • "Don't worry if you made a few mistakes—it's all batel be-shishim." (Glinert)

  • " may not put a small amount of milk into a very large pot of meat, even though the milk will be batel b’shishim." (source)

  • "Some Rabbis follow the lenient approach and rule that since the fish gelatin is batel b’shishim in the marshmallow, one may mix or cook it with meat, while others rule that bitul b’shishim doesn’t apply to these halachos." (source)

  • "If ta’am kikar were deoraisa, then if less than a kezayis of treif meat dissolves into soup and is not batel b’shishim, one is chayav for eating a kezayis of soup (without kezayis of treif)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • בטל בשישים battel beshishim 'nullified in sixty'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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