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Dishwasher on Shabbat

I know that you can't use a dishwasher on Shabbat, but I'm wondering if I can load the dirty dishes into it? Or perhaps I shouldn't be touching the dishwasher at all on Shabbat?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

It is permitted to put dishes in the dishwasher on Shabbat. Since you are essentially using the dishwasher as a place to store the dishes, it is no different than any other dish rack or cabinet.

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