Monday, April 27, 2015

Washing Dishes on Shabbat (Part 2)

Washing Dishes on Shabbat (Part 2)
Day: Monday
Date: April 27, 2014
Parshat: Aharei Mot/Kidoshim
Yalkut Yosef: 323

It is permissible to use liquid or powdered dish soap when washing dishes on Shabbat even though foam will inadvertently be created. A person who can't wash dishes without using rubber gloves may use them. It is also permissable to put used dishes in the dishwasher on Shabbat so they will not be an eyesore. The only condition is that they not be placed in an orderly fashion. Instead he should put them inside in the order that he picked them up. Obviously, the dishwasher may not be started on Shabbat. If a person's intention is to put the dishes in the dishwasher on Shabbat to save time on Motzei Shabbat then he may not put them in. Doing so would be preparing on Shabbat for after Shabbat, a serious violation. If a non Jewish housekeeper is washing the dishes on Shabbat with hot water it is not necessary to stop her and tell her to use cold water instead. It is permissable to wash one's glasses on Shabbat using water or solution but it is best not to apply pressure when doing so.

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