Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Halocho #319 - Fire on Yom Tov

One of the differences between Yom Tov and Shabbat is the laws of lighting fire.

On Shabbat one may not light fires, nor extinguish them nor make them larger or smaller. One needs to light the fire before Shabbat and then leave it alone.

On Yom Tov one may light a fire from an existing flame, if there's a need. One may also make the fire larger.

One may light a flame or make an existing flame larger for:

  • Light, including "candle-lighting" if one didn't manage before Yom Tov.
  • Cooking, baking or warming food
  • Boiling water for drinking
  • Keeping warm, if it's so cold that food starts to congeal
  • Warming water to wash ones hands and face

One may not use matches nor a magnifying glass to light a fire on Yom Tov; one has to light the fire from an existing flame.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 98:29, 30, 31

- Danny Tuesday, 11 Iyar 5769, 26th day of the Omer

Please daven for a complete recovery for Tamar bat Naama - תמר בת נעמה

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