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Cleaning fruits & Vegetables On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Cleaning Vegetables On Shabbat 🍇

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Is cleaning dirty fruits and vegetables considered Borer on Shabbat?


It is permitted to rinse fruits and vegetables on Shabbat under running water in order to clean them from dirt or pesticides, even if they were so dirty that one would not eat it without washing it. This may only be done immediately prior to eating the fruits or vegetables. [1]

However, one may not soak a dirty vegetable or fruit in a bowl of water so that the dirt separates from the fruit or vegetable.[2] Nonetheless, if the vegetable or fruit is already clean, and one only wants to soak it in order to clean it further, such as in order to rid it of pesticides that are not easily noticed, it is permitted, since whatever is being separated is not noticeable.[3]

Excerpted from R’ Yonatan Nacson’s ‘Laws of Shabbat’, vol. 1 p. 357


[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 217 and pp. 220-221; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 85; Igrot Moshe, O.C. 1:125; Tzitz Eliezer, vol. 6, 37:4; Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 2, 7:20.

[2]. Shulchan Aruch 319:8.

[3]. Igrot Moshe, O.C. 1:125; Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah, ch. 3, footnote 56; Halichot Shabbat, Malka, vol. 1, p. 293.

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