Weekly Q&A about Jewish law
Answered by Rabbi Agisthein
QuestionMy in-laws are not religious but they love to come to us for Friday night Shabbos meals. Many times they bring us a bottle of wine or some baked goods from their store in Buffalo Grove. Is there an issue using it on Shabbos being that it was brought from outside the Eiruv
If food was cooked on Shabbos unintentionally it is prohibited to derive benefit from it until after Shabbos (Shu”a 318:1)
In regards to deriving benefit from the transgression of other Shabbos prohibitions i.e. carrying from outside the Eiruv there are two opinions brought in Halacha.
Ram”a maintains that the same rules apply while the Rambam maintains that it is permissible (Beiur Halacha ibid).
The logic behind the Rambam’s leniency is that unlike by cooking, in this scenario no actual change was made in the food itself and the benefit is merely circumstantial.
Therefore if one can avoid using the food without causing family strife then that is what he must do.
If, however, by not using it there will be conflict, then one should really upon the lenient opinion and use it.
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