Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Making Lemonade on Shabbat

Making Lemonade on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: November 19, 2014
Parshat: Tolidot
Yalkut Yosef: 320

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

Even though it is permissible to squeeze lemons into an empty container on Shabbat, nevertheless, since it is easy, if one is making lemonade it is preferable to first put in the sugar and then squeeze the lemon over it. However if there is enough lemon juice that it will not be absorbed into the sugar there is no reason to put the sugar in first. If one wants to squeeze lemon juice into tea on Shabbat he should first pour in the hot water and then the lemon juice. He should not squeeze the lemon over sugar and then add the hot water since by doing so he'd be causing the lemon juice to be cooked. There are some Poskim who hold that lemon juice becomes cooked even in a kli sheni, and therefore if possible one should wait until the tea cools down below yad soledet bo before adding the lemon juice.

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