Sunday, August 23, 2015

Smelling Besamim and Fruits Still Attached to the Tree on Shabbat

Smelling Besamim and Fruits Still Attached to the Tree on Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: August 23, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tetzei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 335


It is permissible on Shabbat to make a beracha and smell besamim that are still growing from the ground. It is even permissible to bring the branch closer to one's nose in order to get a stronger scent. However he must be careful not to inadvertently pull off any leaves. It is forbidden to smell fruits that are still on the tree on Shabbat since he may accidentally pick a fruit to eat. However a person who is taking a walk in a garden and smells fruit, may say the beracha "Hanoten Reyah Tov Baperot."


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