Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sechita - Squeezing Fruits on Shabbat

Sechita - Squeezing Fruits on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: November 12, 2014
Parshat: Hayei Sarah
Yalkut Yosef: 319

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

Sechita, squeezing fruits for their juice on Shabbat is forbidden and constitutes the Melacha of Mefarek, which is an offshoot of Dash, Threshing. The Melacha of Mefarek involves removing an item from its original shell. One who squeezes olives for their oil or grapes to make wine has transgressed the Torah's prohibition of Dash. In addition, our Hachamim also forbade squeezing strawberries and pomegranates for their juice as well as anything else that people squeeze for its juice. Nowadays, most fruits are squeezed for juice. Examples include, but are not limited to: pears, apples, grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, mangos and pineapples. Fruits that are not normally squeezed anywhere, like watermelons, or quinces, may be squeezed for their juice on Shabbat. However even these may not be squeezed using any kind of juicer.

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