Monday, December 21, 2015

Davar She'eno Mitkaven

Davar She'eno Mitkaven
Day: Monday
Date: December 21, 2015
Parshat: Vayehi
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: General Principles in Hilchot Shabbat

As mentioned previously, one who intended to do an act permitted on Shabbat and instead accidentally caused a melacha to happen is not considered to have done a melacha. If he intends to do a permitted act and he knows that this permitted act may cause a melacha to be done, it is still permissible to do that act as long as it is not completely certain that the melacha will occur. For example, it is permissible to drag a chair over the ground on Shabbat even though doing so may leave tracks since it is also possible that no tracks will be left. This concept is called a "davar she'eno mitkaven," something which is not intentional.

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