Thursday, October 8, 2015

Zore'ah - Planting and Watering Plants on Shabbat

Zore'ah - Planting and Watering Plants on Shabbat

Day: Thursday
Date: October 8, 2015
Parshat: Beresheet
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 336

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina.

Zore'ah, or planting, is another of the 39 melachot that are forbidden to do on Shabbat. Included in this De'oraita prohibition is planting from seeds, from a seedling, grafting, pruning and anything else that will cause a plant to grow whether it is directly in the ground or even in a planter. Watering plants is also forbidden on Shabbat as a result of this prohibition. Therefore people who are eating outdoors on Shabbat and Yom Tov may not wash their hands in a place where the water may reach plants or dirt. However, it is permissible to micturate onto grass or plants on Shabbat and Yom Tov since that doesn't help it grow. It is better to go next to the plants as opposed to directly on them.

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