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General prohibition

  1. Dash includes removing any earth-grown food from its natural shell or attachment.[1]

Sechita (squeezing)

  1. It’s forbidden to squeeze a fruit in order to extract it’s liquid if one squeezes the fruit into a liquid or empty vessel. The prohibition is violated whether it’s done with one’s hand or a utensil. [2] One may not squeeze a fruit into an empty vessel with intent to put solid food in afterwards. [3]
  2. It’s permitted to squeeze a fruit with one’s hand onto a solid food if either the food absorbs the liquid or the liquid is meant to improve the flavor of the food. [4]

liquids that oozed out themselves

  1. Juice that oozed (by itself) out of fruit, which is specifically designated to be eaten, is permitted to drink. [5]

Squeezing a lemon

  1. For example, it’s permitted to squeeze a lemon on sugar even if one’s intent is to put the sugar in a liquid afterwards, however, there are authorities who are strict on this issue. [6]
  2. It’s permissible to cut a slice of lemon and put it into a drink. [7]

Squeezing out excess liquid

  1. It’s permitted to squeeze out excess liquid in a food to improve it’s taste if it’s done immediately prior to eating. For example it’s permitted to squeeze a pickled cucumber to remove some of it’s vinegar. [8]

Sucking out a liquid

  1. One may hold onto a fruit and suck on it (extracting the liquid) while it’s in one’s mouth. However, one shouldn’t squeeze the fruit with one’s hand. [9]
  2. It’s permitted to dip bread in a soup or other dip and then suck off the liquid, but it’s preferable to eat a little of the bread with it. [10]

Cutting a grapefruit or watermelon

  1. It’s permitted to cut a grapefruit (or watermelon) even if liquids will ooze out as long as one doesn’t intend specifically to drink the juices rather to eat the fruit and that one doesn’t intentionally doesn’t squeeze the fruit. [11]

On Yom Tov

  1. It’s permitted to soak matzah and squeeze out the liquid in preparation to cooking. [12]

Squeezing Grapes

  1. It’s preferable not to squeeze grapes even onto solid foods that will absorb the liquid or be improved. [13]
  2. One shouldn’t suck on grapes while holding them in one’s hand, rather one should put the entire grape in one’s mouth, eat (or suck on it) and take out what’s left. [14]
  3. Juice that oozed out of grapes by itself, is forbidden to drink. [15]


  1. 39 Melachos (Rabbi Ribiat, vol 2, pg 317)
  2. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:1,2. Squeezing a liquid out of a solid (Sechita) is Mefarek which is a Toldah of the Melacha of Dash (Iglei Tal, Dash #8, Mishna Brurah 320:1).
    • S"A 320:1 writes that it's forbidden to squeeze olives and grapes and the juice which flows from them by itself is forbidden for consumption, however, berries and pomegranates even though they are forbidden to be squeezed the juices from them that flow by itself are permissible if the fruit was meant to be eaten and not be squeezed for the juice, lastly, all other fruit is permissible to squeeze. The Rama 320:1 explains that in places where it's normal to squeeze certain fruits for it's juices it is also forbidden to squeeze like berries and pomegranates. Mishna Brurah 320:5 explains that squeezing berries and pomegranates is forbidden rabbinically because some people squeeze them for the juice like grapes and olives. However, all other fruit in the days of Shulchan Aruch weren't squeezed for juice but rather were eaten and so it would be permissible because the fruit if considered like a solid and extracting one solid from another is permissible.
    • Therefore, the Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata (chap 5 note 4) writes that nowadays that it is common to squeeze all fruit for the juice it's forbidden to squeeze any fruit on Shabbat. On the other hand, Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat, vol 3, 343 and 491) delineates certain fruits which are squeezed for the juices in some places such as grapes, olives, berries, pomegranates, apples, grapefruits, pears, mangoes, tangerines, and pineapples would be forbidden to squeeze on Shabbat, however, fruits which are not squeezed anywhere such as quince or watermelon one may squeeze it on Shabbat. Yalkut Yosef (pg 344) adds that even when it's permissible to squeeze a fruit it may only be done by hand and not with a juicer (tool).
  3. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:5
  4. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:3,7
  5. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:11
  6. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:5,6
  7. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:2
  8. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:8
  9. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:10
  10. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:9
  11. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:12, Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat, vol 3, pg 345)
  12. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:14
  13. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:4
  14. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:10
  15. Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchata 5:11