Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chopping Things that are not Grown From the Ground

Chopping Things that are not Grown From the Ground
Day: Thursday
Date: December 4, 2014
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: 321

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

There are some Poskim who maintain that the prohibition against Tohen only applies to food grown from the ground. There are also Poskim who maintain that an item of food that can technically be eaten the way it is may be cut into much smaller pieces on Shabbat. Therefore one may cut meat, chicken, or fish into very small pieces on Shabbat. Likewise, it is also permissible to cut cheese into very small pieces. Even though it is forbidden to make cheese on Shabbat due to the issur of Boneh, crumbling or grinding cheese is not considered to be Soter. It must be noted that it is forbidden to grate cheese, carrots, or anything else on Shabbat using a grater since it is an instrument specifically made for that purpose.

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