Thursday, October 15, 2015

Using a Broom on Shabbat

Using a Broom on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: October 15, 2015
Parshat: Noah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 337

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina

It is permissible for Sephardim to sweep the floor on Shabbat (as long as it is not a dirt floor) the same way that it is swept during the week. It is even permissible to sweep using a broom with brittle straw bristles or twigs which will likely break off when used. Ashkenazim however are strict in this regard and while they may tell a non Jew to sweep the floor, they may not do it themselves. There are some Ashkenazi authorities who permit sweeping the floor on Shabbat as long as the broom is made from synthetic bristles and that is the accepted Halacha for Ashkenazim. However, even in such a case it is still forbidden to sweep a dirt floor.

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