Squeezing Fruits In One's Mouth On Shabbat

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Question:

May one squeeze fruits in one's mouth on Shabbat?


Answer:

One may hold a fruit to one’s lips and suck out its juice. This is both an unusual way of squeezing and also considered more similar to eating than squeezing, since the extraction is being done in one’s mouth. However, it is proper to be stringent and not suck a grape or olive for its juice, even though strictly speaking it is permitted.[1] If one puts the grape or olive in his mouth and sucks the juice from it, that is completely permissible and there is no need to be stringent even if one does so specifically for the juice and discards the peel once the juice has been sucked out of it.[2]


Sources:

[1]. See Bet Yosef, 320:1 “VeKatuv” who implies that his conclusion is that it is permitted to suck juice from a fruit, unlike the Yereim §247 and others who are stringent. This is also the opinion of the Rama 320:1; Machazik Berachah 320:1; Ben Ish Chai, Yitro 2:8; Mishnah Berurah 320:12; Yabia Omer, vol. 8, 25:2; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, pp. 142-144.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 320:12; Kaf HaChaim 320:13; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 144; Shevet HaLevi, vol. 1, 86:8-9.

See Laws Of Shabbat - Nacson


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