Cooking in the modern kitchen is a whole new experience. Technological advances have taken the old stovetop and oven and upgraded them to be safer, more efficient, and “smart” for today’s lifestyle. They are also far more complicated. With these transformations, the observant Jew is faced with challenges that did not confront him in the past.
To understand how these changes affect the halachic use of ovens and cooktops on Shabbos and Yom Tov, it is worthwhile to review some laws and concepts as they relate to cooking on Shabbos and Yom Tov. Before proceeding with our discussion, it is important to review some basic terms and concepts.
Definition of Basic Terms Pertaining to Food Preparation on Shabbos and Yom Tov
A melacha is a Torah prohibited act derived from the constructive acts performed in erecting the Mishkan. These forbidden acts are known as melachos. There are 39 categories of prohibited acts.
Bishul refers […]