Sunday, October 11, 2015

Putting Besamim Into Water on Shabbat

Putting Besamim Into Water on Shabbat

Day: Sunday
Date: October 11, 2015
Parshat: Noah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 336

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina

It is permissible on Shabbat to put sprigs of besamim into a vase of water. It is even permissible to put fresh water into the vase or to add additional water to the vase in order to put in besamim. However, flowers who's buds have not fully opened up yet may not be put into water on Shabbat since putting them in water will help finish the growing process. This is true even if the water was already in the vase before Shabbat and the flowers were taken out of the water on Shabbat in order to smell them. If the flowers are in full bloom it is permissible to put them back into the water, although there too it is best not to put them back.

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