Walking On Grass On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Walking On Grass On Shabbat 🌿


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Question:

May one walk on grass on Shabbat if by walking it will uproot the grass?


Answer:

It is permitted to walk or even run on grass, even if the grass is tall, even though it is possible that grass will be uprooted by walking on it.[1] Regardless of the availability of a paved walking path, one may choose to walk on grass and is not obligated to walk on the pavement.[2] One may also push a stroller on the grass even though it will uproot some of the grass while one is pushing it.[3]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 336:3. Even though the Biur Halachah is stringent when running on tall grass since one will inevitably break some of the grass, nevertheless, most poskim are lenient. See Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 74 who contends that since the melachah is done in an irregular manner (with one’s feet), it is downgraded to only a rabbinical melachah. In addition, one neither cares if the grass is cut, nor does he have any intention to perform this melachah. Therefore, it is permitted on Shabbat.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 76, unlike the opinion of the Rivevot Ephraim 3:239.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 77.


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