Wednesday, December 31, 2014

May One Purchase Items on Shabbat?

May One Purchase Items on Shabbat?
Day: Wednesday
Date: December 31, 2014
Parshat: Vayehi
Yalkut Yosef: 323

If one needs a product on Shabbat he may go to a store to pickup to or arrange for the products to be delivered to his home. He can even tell the shopkeeper that he'll pay for the items after Shabbat. In order for this to be permitted there are four terminologies that may not be used. They are:
1. They cannot mention any form of currency or amounts of money.
2. They cannot mention the size of the item or the unit that the size is measured in.
3. They cannot mention the amount needed.
4. The cannot weigh out or measure out the amount given.
For example one may go ask for a container of cookies or a watermelon and tell the storekeeper that he'll return to pay on Motzei Shabbat. However, he may not say "5 cookies" or "a 10 pound watermelon," or any other of the other forbidden conditions. Obviously if by walking in the store he will cause a sensor to jingle he may not do so. Likewise, if there is no eruv one also would not be able to carry or to have anyone else carry the items back. If the the storekeeper is not Jewish one may not purchase any eggs that may have been laid that day or fruits that may have been picked that day.

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