Wednesday, November 5, 2014

May One Drain a Can of Tuna on Shabbat?

May One Drain a Can of Tuna on Shabbat?
Day: Wednesday
Date: November 5, 2014
Parshat: Vayera
Yalkut Yosef: 319

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

One may drain the liquid from a can of pickles or similar items on Shabbat since the pickles and the liquid are not really mixed together. Therefore by pouring out the liquid one is not separating a mixture. However, a can of tuna or other small or fibrous item can only be drained if one lets out some of the tuna with the liquid. The reason tuna is different is because it has very small pieces that are completely mixed in with the water and wouldn't be able to be fished out easily, no pun intended.

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