Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kotzer - Picking Fruit on Shabbat

Kotzer - Picking Fruit on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: August 20, 2015
Parshat: Shoftim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 335

Kotzer is another of the 39 melachot forbidden by the Torah on Shabbat. Kotzer literally means plucking or harvesting and includes picking anything on Shabbat that is growing. This includes picking from the tree, plant, or vine fruit, vegetables, or anything else that has grown from the ground whether edible or not. Even if the tree has died and is completely dried out as long as it is connected to the ground is it forbidden to pick anything off of it. However, if a branch was detached before Shabbat began it is permissible to take fruit from it on Shabbat. Likewise, it is also permissible to break besamim branches and twigs into smaller pieces on Shabbat since they are not attached to the ground anymore. The besamim should be broken by hand, not with a knife.

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