Rice Cookers: Shabbat and Yom Tov



For reasons beyond my control, I will be home for yom tov this year. I am currently renting, and do not have access to a stove or oven, and do all my cooking in rice cookers. They are permanently on a keep warm setting when plugged in, and to cook, I push the button down and when the food is ready or when I lift up the pot insert, it automatically pushes the button back up, moving it back onto a lower heat setting. Am I allowed to use them on yom tov to cook or warm up my food?

I’ve never had this problem before, as I can keep everything on the keep warm setting over shabbat.

2 months


  1. It sounds to me as if it is forbidden to use such a thing on Shabbat and on Yom Tov because your direct actions are changing the electrical heat settings.

    May I make an unsolicited suggestion? Perhaps you can contact a local Orthodox Rabbi (or Rabbis, if applicable) and tell them that you are by yourself for Shabbat and Yom Tov. I have no doubt that on hearing, that they will make sure that you have as many invitations for meals as your need. If that is not a viable option, then perhaps you can consider the possibility of investing in a crockpot (slow cooker). They are sold in all the Jewish hardware stores and they can used easily for preparing food for Shabbat and Yom Tov – and they are uncomplicated when it comes to opening and closing them, as they do not involve any forbidden actions.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team

  2. Thank you. I thought that might be the case,  I am in lockdown due to covid which is why I’ll be on my own. I will order a crock pot, that you for the suggestion.

  3. Please accept my blessing that you have a complete and speedy recovery.

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team