Friday, December 11, 2015

Extinguishing Fire on Shabbat

Extinguishing Fire on Shabbat
Day: Friday
Date: December 11, 2015
Parshat: Miketz
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 345

It is forbidden to extinguish a flame on Shabbat. However, the Torah's prohibition against extinguishing has only been transgressed if the flame was extinguished in order to use the charcoal that is left. To extinguish for any other reason is an issur Derabanan. Therefore it is forbidden to lower the flame on a stove on Shabbat. Even if there is no actual flame, but just very hot metal it is also forbidden MiDerabanan. For that reason it is forbidden to turn off electricity on Shabbat.

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