Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Using a Water Cooler on Shabbat

Using a Water Cooler on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: December 16, 2015
Parshat: Vayigash
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 345

Strictly speaking, it is permissible to open a refrigerator or freezer door on Shabbat regardless whether or not the motor happens to be running at that particular moment or not. However it is better if possible to wait until the motor is anyways running before opening the door. Obviously, this refers to where there is no light bulb that will turn on. (For more about what to do when there is a light bulb see DSH from Oct. 30, 2012.) It is also permissible to take cold water from a water cooler on Shabbat when the motor is not running. However, in this case as well, it is better to wait until the motor turns on by itself before using.

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