Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tearing Toilet Paper on Shabbat

Tearing Toilet Paper on Shabbat
Day: Tuesday
Date: November 3, 2015
Parshat: Hayei Sarah
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 340

In memory of Avraham Asher ben Tzadika

Another of the 39 melachot forbidden on Shabbat is Kore'ah, or tearing. A person who tore a garment on Shabbat intending for the tear to be part of a repair of the garment has transgressed the Torah's prohibition against tearing on Shabbat. By extension, a person who tore paper for a constructive purpose has also transgressed the Torah's issur against tearing on Shabbat (SA, OH 340:14). It is always proper before Shabbat starts to ensure that there is ample precut toilet paper or tissues available for Shabbat. However, if on Shabbat a person is stuck without any, it is permissible to tear some from the roll as long as it is not specifically torn on the perforation. Ideally the tearing should be done in a different way than usual, such as with one's elbow or foot.

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