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Using A Salt Shaker With Rice On Shabbat

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May one have a salt shaker with rice in it on Shabbat?


It is common to place grains of rice in a saltshaker to prevent a buildup of moisture that causes the salt to clump. On Shabbat, according to the Sephardic poskim it is permitted to use the saltshaker even though there are grains of rice inside of it that will be held back (i.e., pesolet removed from ochel), since the saltshaker is neither a utensil that is meant for Borer, nor does one have explicit intention to perform the melachah of Borer by pouring the salt. [1] Some Ashkenazim are stringent and don’t use such a salt shaker on Shabbat, one should follow one’s custom. [2]

Based On R’ Yonatan Nacson’s ‘Laws of Shabbat’, vol. 1 p. 357 with some additions.


[1]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 216; Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 2, 7:40. See also Az Nidberu 2:14; 4:23:3; Ashrei HaIsh, vol. 2, 25:44; Halichot Chaim, 1:303; Halichot Shabbat B’Shabbat, vol. 1, p. 547.

[2]. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata, 3:60 (63 in new edition)- which says that it is good to be stringent; The Shabbat Kitchen “Artscroll” p. 111.

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