Sunday, December 13, 2015

Using Electricity on Shabbat

Using Electricity on Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: December 13, 2015
Parshat: Vayigash
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 345

According to most poskim, turning on an electric light on Shabbat is forbidden MiDe'oraitah. It does not matter whether the bulb is fluorescent, incandescent, or even a battery operated flash light, either way it is forbidden MiDe'oraitah. According to the Hazon Ish, igniting an electric light constitutes three De'oraita prohibitions, lighting a fire, cooking, - since the the bulb to heats up - and building - since a circuit is put together when the switch is flipped. Turning off a light constitutes one Torah prohibition according to the Hazon Ish, that of destroying a structure, - since the circuit is taken apart. However, many contemporary poskim maintain that using electricity does not involve the prohibition against building and destroying and therefore if there is no light it would constitute a Rabbinic prohibition not a De'oraita.

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