Sunday, April 26, 2015

Washing Dishes on Shabbat (Part 1)

Washing Dishes on Shabbat (Part 1)
Day: Sunday
Date: April 26, 2014
Parshat: Aharei Mot/Kidoshim
Yalkut Yosef: 323

It is permissible to wash dishes on Shabbat if one needs them for later on Shabbat. However if he knows that he will not need the dishes for the rest of Shabbat they should not be washed. If not washing the dishes will cause the house to smell or there will not be anywhere to keep them he may wash them since he is clearly not doing so to prepare for after Shabbat. One may wash a silver kiddush cup to put on display even if it will not be used for the rest of Shabbat. Of course even when washing dishes is permissible, sponges or other things that absorb water may not be used.

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