The Daily Halacha Moment - Crushing Ice On Shabbat ❄
״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)
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May one crush ice on Shabbat?
It is rabbinically prohibited to crush snow or ice on Shabbat to cause it to melt. 
Although it is forbidden to crush ice into water, it is permitted to place ice into a drink, even though the ice will dissolve by doing so, since the melting occurs on its own accord. Even so, one may still not crush it with a spoon, since one would be doing an action to melt the ice. However, one may slightly stir the drink in order that the coldness of the ice can be evenly distributed throughout the drink.
If one crushed ice that was in a drink, it may still be consumed on Shabbat. Similarly, it is permitted to place ice in a sunny spot, even though one is causing the ice to melt.
Excerpted From Yonatan Nacson’s ‘Laws of Shabbat’, vol. 1 p. 343-344
. Shulchan Aruch 320:9.
. Shulchan Aruch 320:9; Ben Ish Chai, Yitro 2:9; Kaf HaChaim 320:59; Yabia Omer, vol. 4, 28:10;
Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 106.
. Kaf HaChaim 320:20; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 158; Ashrei HaIsh, vol. 2, 30:6
. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 158.
. Shulchan Aruch 320:9. Mishnah Berurah 320:35 and Kaf HaChaim 320:63 state that according to the Shulchan Aruch this is permitted to be done even initially and not just ex post facto. See also Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 158.
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