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Opening Cans On Shabbat

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May one open cans on Shabbat?


There are many poskim who permit opening cans on shabbat, provided that one throws the can away after using it. Some Ashkenazim hold that one needs to totally destroy the can. [1]

One may open a can, such as a can of tuna or sardines on Shabbat, even with a can opener. However, the can should be thrown out immediately upon emptying its contents. Some Ashkenazim are stringent, one should follow ones custom. [2]

Similarly, If possible, it is proper to be stringent and only open a metal bottle cap from before Shabbat. However, if one did not do so, it is permitted to open it even on Shabbat itself, and there is no need to puncture a hole in it. Some Ashkenazim are stringent and don't open cans and bottles on Shabbat one should follow one's custom.



[1]. See Shmirat Shabbat Kehilchata 9: footnote 10; Yechaveh Daat vol. 2:42;  Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5 p. 384; Also heard from our great Rishon Letzion Rabbeinu Yitzchak Yosef in the Motzaei Shabbat Shiur Noach 5781, see also Or Letzion vol. 1:26; Menuchat Ahavah vol. 3 page 241.

[2]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 250; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5, p. 275 and 383.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 5, p. 86; Yechaveh Daat 2:42; Yabia Omer, vol. 9, 108:158. This is referring to the type of metal cap that when it is twisted for the first time it detaches from the bottom part of it and makes a separate ring that remains on the neck of the bottle. See also in Ohr LeTzion, vol. 2, 27:8.

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