DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
"Delivered to Over 6000 Registered Recipients Each Day"

      
(File size: 758 KB)
Inflating a Ball on Shabbat

The Gemara in Masechet Shabbat (48) addresses the question of whether it is permissible to fill a pillow with feathers or other material on Shabbat. If the pillow had not been previously filled, the Gemara establishes, then filling it on Shabbat would constitute "Makke Ba'patish" – completing the process of making a functional item, one of the thirty-nine categories of Shabbat prohibitions. It appears from the Gemara that this would be forbidden on the level of Torah law ("Mi'de'orayta"). However, if the pillow was previously stuffed and the material had come out of the pillow, then returning the material inside the pillow would be permissible. (Of course, this assumes that one does not stitch the pillow, which would certainly be forbidden on Shabbat.) This Halacha is codified by the Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 340:8).

Rabbi Gedalya Felder (Toronto, 20th century), in his work Yesode Yeshurun, extends the Gemara's ruling to the contemporary issue of inflating balls on Shabbat. He rules that if the ball was already inflated before Shabbat, and subsequently became deflated, Halacha allows inflating it anew on Shabbat. If, however, the ball had not been inflated before Shabbat, then inflating it on Shabbat would be forbidden due to the prohibition of "Makke Be'patish," as discussed above.

Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Israel, 1910-1995), by contrast, as cited in the work "Shemirat Shabbat Ke'hilchata" (16:8), disagrees. In his view, one cannot compare the two cases of filling a pillow with feathers and filling a ball with air, and thus he maintains that Halacha allows inflating a ball even if it had not been previously inflated.

It should be noted that according to Sephardic practice, balls are in any event considered Mukse and may not be handled on Shabbat. For Sepharadim, then, this Halacha applies only in the case of a child, regarding whom Halacha is more lenient and allows handling and paying with a ball on Shabbat. Children are thus permitted to inflate a ball with which they wish to play on Shabbat, but adults should not inflate a ball or even handle it at all Shabbat.

Summary: It is permissible to inflate a ball on Shabbat. However, Sephardic custom forbids handling a ball in any event on Shabbat, except for children.

 


Recent Daily Halachot...
Paying For A Hotel Room Over Shabbat
“Mukseh Mahamat Hisaron Kis” – Moving Expensive Items on Shabbat
The Friday Night Prayer Service According to the Custom of Halab
May One Recite “Ha’mosi” on Shabbat for Somebody Else After He Had Already Eaten?
The Rule of “Pesik Resheh” – A Permissible Act That Will Inevitably Result in a Shabbat Violation
Kiddush – Having in Mind to Fulfill the Obligation
Should One Stand or Sit for the Friday Night Kiddush & Drinking of the Wine?
Customs for Mosa’eh Shabbat
Desecrating Shabbat for a Dangerously-Ill Patient Without Delay
The Status of Coffee Brewed on Shabbat by and for Non-Jews
Making Seltzer on Shabbat
Bathing on Shabbat
Using on Shabbat Hot Water That Was Heated Permissibly on Shabbat
Soaking One’s Feet in Hot Water on Shabbat to Induce Sweating
Placing a Hot Water Bottle on One’s Body on Shabbat
Page of 215
3217 Halachot found