Friday, November 28, 2014

Tohen - Grinding

Tohen - Grinding
Day: Friday
Date: November 28, 2014
Parshat: Vayetze
Yalkut Yosef: 321

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

Another of the Melachot forbidden by the Torah is Tohen, or Grinding. As part of the service in the Mishkan it was necessary to grind spices for the Ketoret, and flour for the Lehem Hapanim, among other uses. One who grinds the equivalent of a third of a kebetzah of a substance has transgressed the issur. Therefore it is forbidden to grind coffee on Shabbat even with a non electric grinder. Included in this Melacha is grinding spices, creating shavings with a nail file, or even breaking splinters off of wood using an object.

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