If someone created a work of art (e.g., drawing, painting or sculpture) by mistake on Yom Tov, what can be done with it? Does it have to be destroyed or can it be kept?

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    – mbloch
    Apr 7, 2018 at 18:54
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    Could you clarify what the mistake is? Is the mistake not knowing it was yom tov? Or not knowing that drawing/painting was forbidden?
    – mbloch
    Apr 7, 2018 at 18:56

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If work that it forbidden by torah law, such as writing or painting, was done by mistake on Shabbos or Yom Tov, no one derive pleasure from it on that day. After Shabbos or Yom Tov, all may enjoy it.

If it was done with the knowledge that it was forbidden, then the one who did it and his family may not derive pleasure from it forever. Others may enjoy it after Shabbos or Yom Tov. There may be more of a reason to be lenient by Yom Tov.

(Shulchan Aruch 318/1 and Biur Halacha 527/23)

  • Is hanging it on the wall considered deriving pleasure?
    – Double AA
    Jun 11, 2018 at 17:12
  • @DoubleAA - Good point. The מאור השבת חלק א' סי' י"ח הלכה נ"ב דף תל"א quotes Dayan Fisher that it would be a forbidden pleasure, if something was made to enjoy it's sight. That is also the opinion on Rav Elyashiv, quoted at the end ארחות שבת פרק כ"ה. However, the מאור השבת writes that Rav Chaim Kanievsky considered permitting it. There are two similar area's that this questions comes up, by Avoda Zorah, and using a cadaver to learn medicine. Jun 11, 2018 at 20:33
  • Ok well that seems to be the important stuff for this post.
    – Double AA
    Jun 11, 2018 at 20:35
  • @DoubleAA - Not really, because the question was if it was done by mistake. Jun 11, 2018 at 21:30
  • Ok, so can you look at it on Shabbat or does it need to be disposed of ASAP? And what about for the Gra who Paskins like R Meir?
    – Double AA
    Jun 11, 2018 at 21:38

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