Smelling Fruits From A Tree On Shabbat

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Question:

May one smell fruits attached to a tree on Shabbat?


Answer:

One is not permitted to smell a ripe fruit that is still attached to a tree. This is rabbinically prohibited, since one may get carried away and pick the fruit off of the tree as well. [1] It is permitted to smell flowers or hadassim that are still attached to the ground on Shabbat, since one is less likely to inadvertently pick them, since, unlike fruit, flowers are inedible. [2] Similarly, It is permitted to recite Birkat HaIlanot on Shabbat, as there is no rabbinic concern that one may come to pull the fruit off of the tree. [3]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 336:10.

[2]. Shulchan Aruch 336:10; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 77. See also Kaf HaChaim 336:61.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 79; ibid., Pesach, p. 20.


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