Monday, February 17, 2014

Closing The Trash Can When There Are Flies Inside

Closing The Trash Can When There Are Flies Inside
Day: Monday
Date: February 17, 2014
Parshat: Vayakhel
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 316

If an animal or a bird comes into one's house one may not lock the animal in the house or in the room it is located in on Shabbat. This holds true even if one is only locking the door to prevent the animal from causing any damage to the house and not to trap it to keep it. Obviously if there is any danger involved one must do what is necessary to keep everyone safe. One may close a small container even if there is a fly or mosquito inside. This is not considered trapping since no one hunts flies and mosquitos and also since the intention is not to keep them. Therefore even if there are flies inside of the trash can one may still close the lid on Shabbat. However if there are bees in the trash can one may not close the lid since people do keep bees.

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