Monday, August 13, 2007

Offending God With Your Refrigerator.

So there is a Jewish prohibition of turning on or off lights on Shabbos or Yom Tov, this does include opening your refrigerators. You see, there is a light in your refrigerator which turns on and off when you open and close the appliance. However, one is prevented from doing such a thing on certain days. Thusly, the best thing to do is unscrew the light prior to day so that the refrigerator doesn't do that. However, if one mistakenly does open it, they are to keep the refrigerator open as, a mistake is acceptable, but it is best not to compound your error by saving your goods.

Most refrigerators have a light that goes on when the door is opened. Turning on a light is classified as a havarah. Even though one does not intend to turn on the light when opening the door,1 this is prohibited2 since there is a direct reaction which will definitely take place. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to unscrew the lightbulb before Shabbos or Yom Tov. If one accidentally opens the refrigerator door (without unscrewing the lightbulb) and turns on the light, they may not close the door as this would be turning off the light.

Religion brings peace to your life and sours your milk.

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