Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cutting a Cake With Words Written on it

Cutting a Cake With Words Written on it
Day: Wednesday
Date: October 28, 2015
Parshat: Vayera
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 340

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina and Avraham Asher ben Tzadika

It is forbidden on Shabbat to write two letters next to each other. It is also forbidden to erase if that will create enough room to write two letters. Erasing that is not done for the purpose of creating space to write is forbidden only on a Rabbinic level, not De'oraita. For this reason plus the fact that one's intention is not to erase, it is permissible on Shabbat to cut and eat from a cake that has writing on it. It is not necessary for the words to be written on a sheet of chocolate as is commonly done. It is makes no difference whether the words are engraved, if they are flush with the cake, or even if they are raised. In any of the above situations it is permitted.

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