Thursday, November 13, 2014

Is it Permissible to Suck Juice Out of Fruit on Shabbat?

Is it Permissible to Suck Juice Out of Fruit on Shabbat?
Day: Thursday
Date: November 13, 2014
Parshat: Hayei Sarah
Yalkut Yosef: 319

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

It is permissible to cut a grapefruit into sections on Shabbat and scoop out its fruit even though by doing so some of the juice will get squeezed out of the fruit. The reason is because his intention is not to cause the juice to be squeezed out. One may suck the juice directly out of fruit on Shabbat since that is not the normal way of getting it out. However if one is holding the fruit (as opposed to sucking the juice out while the fruit is in his mouth), it is better to refrain from sucking the juice out of grapes. One may squeeze the liquid out of pickled vegetables on Shabbat if he does not want liquid and he just wants to make the vegetables better. One may also squeeze the oil out of pizza or fried foods if does not want the liquid. If he does want the liquid, he may not squeeze it out.

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