Sorting / Borer

borer

#1

I had always heard that it is forbidden on Shabbat to do any sorting (put all the spoons together, all the forks) as this is a form of borer. In looking into it, I couldn’t find any sources for this older than the early 20th century…Is this actually a halachah? Would it make any difference if it is for a game (putting all the red checkers together, etc.)? Have I overlooked something?


#2

Sorting silverware is a form of Borer. Not all sorting is though. See Aruch Hashulchan Siman 319 8-9.
Games may be different because you are always taking the piece that you need (depending on the game). It’s similar taking the “good” from the “bad” which is permitted.


#3

Can you explain why sorting silverware is Borer?
I am neither taking bad from good nor good from bad - just putting away forks, knives and spoons.


#4

It doesn’t need to be good and bad. Just two “species” combined.