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Borer - Removing Bad To Access Good

The Daily Halacha Moment - Removing Pesolet To Access Ochel ๐Ÿฒ


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Question:

May one remove Pesolet to access Ochel on Shabbat?


Answer:

Even though it is prohibited to move the pesolet (the bad) from a mixture in order to only have the ochel (food) remaining, it is permitted to move the pesolet if it is obstructing oneโ€™s path to the ochel. Even though this may seem as Borer, it is not considered the melachah of Borer, since oneโ€™s intention is not in order to improve the food or mixture but, rather, to gain access to the food.[1] There are several applications of this type of separating that are permitted:

a. One may remove fruit from the top of a bowl, in order to get to the fruits on the bottom.[2]

b. One may remove the clothing on the top of a basket of laundry in order to get to an item at the bottom of the basket.[3]

c. One may push aside clothing in a closet in order to see and get to the desired clothing.[4]


Excerpted from R' Yonatan Nacsonโ€™s โ€˜Laws of Shabbatโ€™, vol. 1 p. 352


Sources:

[1]. Mishnah Berurah 319:15; Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 3:5.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 180.

[3]. Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 229.

[4]. See Mishnah Berurah 319:15; Biur Halachah, 319, โ€œLeโ€™echolโ€; Kaf HaChaim 319:25.


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