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Aquarium and Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Aquarium and Shabbat ๐Ÿ 


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Question:

May one change the water of an aquarium on Shabbat?


Answer:

Interesting question, If one has a home aquarium, and the water needs to be changed on Shabbat then one may ask a non-Jew to take out the fish and change the water if it is a small aquarium and the fish are easily caught. A Jew, however, may not do so, since this would be considered Tzad. If the aquarium is large, then even a non-Jew may not take out the fish in order to change the water. [1] In such a case, or if one cannot find a non-Jew, then one can simply add some fresh water to the aquarium in order to maintain the fish from dying until after Shabbat. [2]


Sources:

[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5, pp. 108-109. See also Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 122.

[2]. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 27:27 see also footnotes there.


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