Bava Metzia 92 - How Much Can a Worker Eat?


A worker who is harvesting may eat from this harvest. What can he eat and how much? He can eat a cucumber (cucumbers were expensive) or a date (which were also expensive) even if worth a dinar (six times his wage). The Torah tells the worker "... you may eat as many grapes as you desire ..." which implies that he may eat any amount needed to satisfy his hunger.

Rabbi Elazar Chisma says that a worker may not eat more than his wage, but the Sages permit this - however, his friends should teach him not be a glutton and thereby close the door to future employment.

Art: Still Life with Cucumbers and Tomatoes by Luis Eugenio Melendez