Sunday, February 9, 2014

Opening Cans On Shabbat

Opening Cans On Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: February 9, 2014
Parshat: Ki Tisa
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 314

Opening cans of food is permitted on Shabbat. However, ideally one should make a hole on the bottom of the can as well so that he will not be creating a vessel. It is permitted to open soda cans since in general they are not reused. Still one should try not to open the can all the way. If the cans are reused then by opening it one is "creating"  a vessel. One may tear packages to get to the food inside. For example, one may tear the paper that is usually wrapped around matzah in order to get to the matzah. Likewise one may also tear open a bag of challah to get to the challah.

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