Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Walking on Grass on Shabbat

Walking on Grass on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: August 26, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tetzei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 336

As mentioned previously, it is forbidden to rest things on or remove things resting in a tree on Shabbat. It is still permitted though, when eating the Shabbat meal outside, to hang a light or place candles on a tree before Shabbat to enjoy their light on Shabbat. One might have assumed this is not okay since it is possible that a person will remove it from the tree on Shabbat after it goes out. Removing the candle constitutes using the tree on Shabbat, which is forbidden. However, since the candle is muktzeh, it is not assumed that a person will remove it after it has gone out and therefore it is permitted to use a tree to hold candles for Shabbat. On Yom Tov however, since the candles are not muktzeh this is a valid concern and therefore it is forbidden to set the candles in a tree for Yom Tov even if they were placed before Yom Tov started.

It is permissible to walk on grass on Shabbat whether the grass is dry or not. It is also permissible to sit or spread a blanket on grass to sit on. One should be careful though not to pull out grass with his hands.

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