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Accidentally Finely Chopped Vegetables On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Accidentally Finely Chopped Vegetables On Shabbat 🍅

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I accidentally finely chopped more vegetables than I need for a meal may I benefit from it?


One who accidentally finely chopped more vegetables that one needed for his meal may eat the remaining vegetables at a later meal. However, one may not initially make more than one thinks that he needs.[1] Similarly, if one chopped vegetables an hour or even two hours before the meal, he may nevertheless eat the vegetables at the meal even though it should not have been done so far in advance.[2] Even when chopping a vegetable for immediate use, one may not use a utensil that is specifically used for chopping, such as a grater or slicing contraption, rather, one should only use a regular knife. Similarly, one may not use a utensil that is specifically used for mashing a food, rather, one should use the back of a fork.[3]

Excerpted from R’ Yonatan Nacson’s ‘Laws of Shabbat’, vol. 1 p. 375


[1]. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, 126:10 quoting Kol Sinai.

[2]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 118; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 266; Levyat Chen §63. Unlike the opinion of the Mishnah Berurah 321:45 and Chayeh Adam 17:2. See also Piskei Teshuvot 321:14.

[3]. See Levyat Chen §64; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 268. See also Halichot Shabbat, Malka, vol. 1, p. 333 who points out that it is prohibited to use a slicer, even when using a vegetable slicer on a setting that will cut the vegetables into larger pieces, since it is considered uvdin de’chol and also usually the ends of the vegetables end up being cut into smaller pieces.

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