Monday, December 1, 2014

Cutting Vegetables Into Very Small Pieces on Shabbat

Cutting Vegetables Into Very Small Pieces on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: December 1, 2014
Parshat: Vayishlah
Yalkut Yosef: 321

In memory of Ettel bat Harav Chaim Shalom.

Some poskim consider cutting any vegetable into very small pieces to be part of the issur of Tohen and therefore forbid it. Most Poskim however, only forbid cutting into small pieces vegetables that can't be eaten raw and are intended to be cooked. Since there is a chance of transgressing an issur De'oraita in this case, one should be strict and not cut vegetables on Shabbat into very small pieces unless they are being cut to eat right away. One should not cut them to eat later or the next day. Therefore it is permissible to cut cucumbers, tomatoes and other such vegetables as part of a salad for the Shabbat meals.
The time limit "right away," with regards to our subject, is the same as with regards to Borer. One may cut the vegetables during a meal for that same meal, or right before the meal as part of the meal preparations. (See DSH from Oct. 27, 2014.)

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