Thursday, December 10, 2015

Creating a Fire on Shabbat

Creating a Fire on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: December 10, 2015
Parshat: Miketz
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 345

Lighting a fire is forbidden MiDeoraita on Shabbat even if it is as small as a tiny spark that can only be seen in the dark. This prohibition includes stoking an existing flame, using bellows, adding oil to an oil lamp, raising the fire on stovetop, or even igniting something just to get ashes. However, it is permissible to wear clothes on Shabbat that are more susceptible static electricity and will therefore create sparks. Likewise, it is also permissible to wear shoes with taps or other metal on the bottoms even though sparks will likely be created when the wearer walks.

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