A father asked his son to plug in the platta where the food for Shabbos day was being kept. The son before Shabbos forgot to plug it in however remembered later Friday night when the food had already cooled down. He then plugged in the platta. Later he told his Father what had happened may the food be eaten?

Answer:

Because plugging in the hotplate involves a Torah prohibition (the filament in the hotplate), the food cannot be eaten hot, and can only be eaten after it cools. See Shulchan Aruch and Mishnah Berurah 318:1. However, if the melachah was done be-shogeg (the didn’t realize it was so late), there is room for leniency (Mishnah Berurah 7).

Concerning a child under bar-mitzvah, see Biur Halachah 325:10.

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2 Responses to “Child Plugged in Hotplate”

  1. Why is shogeg a heter in this case? There is a problem of chazara here as well (not just bishul.) And chazara b’shogeg is ossur even b’dieved.

    • The Magen Avraham (writes that it is permitted for others (in cases of mevushal kol tzorcho). See at length Chazon Ish 37:24, and see his point at the end concerning the Magen Avraham.

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