Thursday, January 30, 2014

Causing A Vessel To Become Unusable On Shabbat

Causing A Vessel To Become Unusable On Shabbat
Day:  Thursday
Date: January 30, 2014
Parshat: Terumah
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 308

Our Hachamim forbade us to on Shabbat nullify a vessel from use. Meaning, one may not cause a vessel that would otherwise be permitted to use to become forbidden to use. For example, one may not put a bowl under a candle so that the wax will drip into the bowl instead of onto the table since by doing so the wax will cause the bowl to be forbidden to be moved for the rest of Shabbat.  For this reason one who is eating seeds or nuts on Shabbat and putting the shells onto a plate should also put a few nuts or some food on the plate as well in order to avoid causing the plate to become muktzeh. By putting edible nuts or food on the plate it become a basees for both, the permitted and the forbidden items, making it permissible to move. If one did not leave food on the plate, he may still move it if he puts some food after he's done. He may also move the plate if it becomes very unpleasant. If none of these conditions apply and he still moves the plate, as long as there is salt on the shells or they can be fed to an animal he has what to rely on. One is permitted to dispose of unusable items into an empty trash can on Shabbat.

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