Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Prohibition Against Ohel On Shabbat

The Prohibition Against Ohel On Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: February 12, 2014
Parshat: Ki Tisa
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 315

Included in the melacha of Boneh is the prohibition against creating a roof on Shabbat. This prohibition is called "Ohel." The Hachamim extended this prohibition to even include temporary roofs in addition to permanent ones. An umbrella is an example of an Ohel that cannot be created on Shabbat.  This prohibition only applies to making a roof. In general, walls, like a mechitzah for example, are okay to put in place. Children may not make a "fort" by spreading blankets over items and using the space underneath. Likewise, one also may not put a mat or something similar over poles in order to protect oneself or others from the elements.

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