Thursday, December 24, 2015

Opening the Refrigerator on Shabbat

Opening the Refrigerator on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: December 24, 2015
Parshat: Vayehi
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: General Principles in Hilchot Shabbat

As mentioned previously, it is permissible on Shabbat to do a pesik resha that will cause a melacha Derabanan to happen if the person doing it does not care for the melacha to happen. This is called a pesik resha Derabanan delo niha lei. Because of this, it is permitted for a person to open the refrigerator or freezer door on Shabbat (provided there is no light) even if the motor is not running. One might otherwise think it is forbidden to open the door since doing so will raise the temperature in the fridge which will cause the motor to turn on. Causing the motor to turn on this way is an issur Derabanan and is prohibited. However, since the door was not opened for the purpose of turning on the motor and generally a person does not care whether or not the motor turns on at that particular moment, it constitutes a pesik resha Derabanan delo niha lei and is entirely permissible.

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