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Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next

Question:

Is there a heiter – and if yes what – to take out Chlaos from the freezer on the first day Yomtov l`zorech the second day. The question is based on the fact that if taken out before Yomtov it would not be fresh and if taken out after Nacht it would be frozen for still very long?

Answer:

Preparing from one day of yom tov to the next is prohibited, see סימן תק”ג והפוסקים שם. this includes even seemingly small and easy preperations, like transporting a bottle of wine, or washing some dishes. It would follow that to take out from the freezer would also fall under this prohibition. In fact this was the opinion of R’ Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, quoted in שמירת שבת כהלכתה פרקי סעיף י, and is also the opinion quoted in the name of R’ Elyashiv. In a case of great need or inconvenience, based on a ruling of the Chaye Adam [כלל קנ”ג סעיף ו], one may defrost them within enough time that they would be edible on yom tov rishon, even though his intent is to leave them for yom tov sheini.

 

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