Monday, August 17, 2015

Me'amer - Gathering (De'oraita)

Me'amer - Gathering (De'oraita)
Day: Monday
Date: August 17, 2015
Parshat: Shoftim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 335

One of the 39 Melachot forbidden on Shabbat is Me'amer, gathering items to a central location. The Torah's prohibition against gathering applies only to things that grow from the ground. Fruits that have been scattered around may not be gathered into a basket on Shabbat due to this prohibition of Me'amer. Instead they can be picked up one or two at a time and eaten. However it is forbidden to pick them up and put them straight into a basket or box. If the fruits fell and didn't scatter around, they may be picked up more than one at a time and may even be put into a basket. However if they fell onto dirt or pebbles they may not be put straight into a basket. If the fruits were still on the tree when Shabbat started they are muktzeh and may not be moved regardless.

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