Monday, October 6, 2014

Putting a lulav in water on Yom Tov


May I put a lulav in water to keep it fresh on Yom Tov?

One may put a lulav in water; we are not concerned about the forbidden melachah of "planting", because placing the lulav in water will not lead to any detectible growth.

However, inappropriate exertion on Yom Tov is prohibited. Therefore, one may only place a lulav in water which was prepared before Yom Tov; ideally, the lulav should actually be in that water before Yom Tov begins. One may add water on Yom Tov, so long as the majority of the water was there before Yom Tov.

One may not handle a lulav at all on Shabbat.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 336:11, 654:1; Mishneh Berurah 336:54, 654:3; Shaar haTziyyun 336:48; Shemirat Shabbat k'Hilchatah 26:27)

חג סוכות שמח,

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