Commonly refers to acts of labor that are forbidden on Shabbos/Yom Tov.

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Who decides what is ochel nefesh for Yom Tov?

Ochel nefesh supposedly refers to the permissibility during Yom Tov of doing melachos that "cause personal pleasure." "Personal"? Really? No, of course not; it's after all the rabbis who decide ...
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Learning non-jewish topics as a creative process during Shabbat

Is 'learning' non-Jewish topics a prohibited creative process on Shabbat? If so, on what grounds is learning Tanakh exempted? I read that the study non-Jewish subjects is banned or frowned upon, and I ...
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Can one wear Yaktrax on Shabbat?

Yaktrax is an ice traction "device" that you slip onto the bottom of your shoe. Can one wear this on Shabbat? Possible concerns: boneh - "building". Wearing the device involves stretching a band ...
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Until what time before sunset (shekiya) can you work Erev Shabbos (Friday)?

I remember reading somewhere that you can't work 2 hours before Shabbos starts. What exactly is the halacha? If you have a regular 9-5 job. When do you have to end working on Friday's--assuming your ...
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Melachas on Yom Kippur

Do the additional Rabbinic prohibitions that apply to Yom Tov but not Shabbos (such as the stricter muktzeh laws) also apply to Yom Kippur, in addition to the Shabbos-style prohibitions of that day? ...
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Must one “work” and “deserve” to observe Shabbat?

The verse on the Ten commandments, also read in Kidusha Raba by certains (Exodus 20, 8-9) says שֵׁ֤שֶׁת יָמִים֙ תַּֽעֲבֹ֔ד וְעָשִׂ֖יתָ כָּל-מְלַאכְתֶּֽךָ: וְיוֹם֙ הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י שַׁבָּ֖ת לַֽיהוָֹ֣ה ...
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What's the deal with showering on yom tov?

What's the deal with showering on yom tov? I am asking not about shabbos, but specifically about yom tov.
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Prohibition of causing mitzta'er on Yom Tov

I have heard about a Biblical prohibition on causing oneself to suffer during Yom Tov. The example that always comes up for this mitzvah is the permission not to sleep in the sukkah if it causes one ...
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Asking/Answering non-Chag-related questions on Mi.Yodeya during Chol Hamoed

I don't know the Chol Hamoed laws at all well, but my impression is that practical/avoda- and melacha-type stuff that is not either related to the holiday, nor done to prevent loss, is generally ...
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How does one own and operate a hotel on Shabbat?

Assume we're talking about a hotel that is open every day of the year. How does someone own and operate a hotel while still keeping the laws of Shabbat? Are there sources that discuss this? An ...
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Why are there not metalworking avos m'lachos?

We find that the avos m'lachos (classes of forbidden activity on shabas) are based upon the labors associated with the mishkan (tabernacle) in the mishna (e.g. Shabas 11:6) and g'mara (e.g. Shabas ...
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Active vs. Passive regarding work during 6 days of the week

Exodus 31:15: שֵׁ֣שֶׁת יָמִים֮ יֵעָשֶׂ֣ה מְלָאכָה֒ וּבַיּ֣וֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִ֗י שַׁבַּ֧ת שַׁבָּת֛וֹן קֹ֖דֶשׁ לַיהוָ֑ה כָּל־הָעֹשֶׂ֧ה מְלָאכָ֛ה בְּי֥וֹם הַשַּׁבָּ֖ת מ֥וֹת יוּמָֽת׃ Six days ...
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According to Halacha are you permitted to melt cheese on Shabbos?

Can one place cheese upon a slice of bread that is put onto a blech on Shabbos? Is there a problem to melt cheese on Shabbos? Some of the specific consideration: 1) Since you are putting the ...
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Opening bottles for me on Shabbos - Jew or Non-Jew? [duplicate]

If I dont open bottles on shabbos because my rav holds that it is a melacha deoraisa, Beshas Hadechak is it better for me to get a jew (whose rav holds its muttar) or non jew to open it for me?
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Can a public road include an underground area below it to qualify as a Reshut Harabim?

On Shabbat, one may not carry in a Reshut Harabim. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 81:2 says that there is an opinion that a road not having at least 600,000 people passing by it daily would not be considered ...
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May one read a map or document hung on the wall by a Jew during Shabbos?

Let's say a Jew hung a map or a document on the wall on Shabbos. For the purposes of this question, let's assume that this was a desecration of Shabbos (presumably because of the prohibition on ...
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What is Chesron Mamon and why is it enough to allow melachos on Chol Hamoed?

I asked a question on here regarding being able to purchase a car on hol hamoed and one of the answers given mentioned that if you are afraid to lose the deal then it's permitted. It seems that most ...
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Having hana'ah from a melacha done on Shabbos

Is one allowed to have hana'ah on Shabbos from a melacha done, whether by him or anther, that day?
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Not using Electricity as a Minhag

This answer asserts that R' Auerbach held that not using electricity on Shabbat is a minhag. However, assuming that this ruling dates to the 1930s (which is what I have heard in the past), everyday ...
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Typing on Shabbos

If one would type on a computer on Shabbos, would he be ovar an issur d'oraisa in regards to the malacha of writing? (The other malachos involved aside for a moment.) Is there any room to say this ...
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Why are you allowed to make letters with your hands on Shabbos?

In light of the comment here, that Koseiv involves creating any meaningful letter or symbol. It doesn’t have to be with ink on paper. A rubber stamp, carving into stone or cutting a letter out ...
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May a Katan (minor) perform Melachah (“work”) on Shabbath?

In my experience, I've noticed that many people take for granted that if one needs a Melachah to be performed on Shabbath, one may have a minor, especially one under the age of 3, perform what is ...
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What kind of work is prohibited on Passover?

I want to know what is prohibited on Passover? "all work" (כל מלאכה) (Shemot 12:16) "any work of service" (כל מלאכה עבדה ) Vayikra 23:7-8 "work" (מלאכה) Devarim 16:8 As you can see, its either ...
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Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha?

This answer to a question about melacha before havdalah notes that in that situation one should say "baruch hamavdil bein kodesh l'chol" first. Does that apply to lighting the havdalah candle? I ...
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Trapping mosquitoes on Shabbat

If there's a mosquito found on a wall on shabbat, are you allowed to place a cup over it and slide a sheet of paper under it and remove it from the house? The reason for doing this would be that you ...
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Benefiting from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat

Observant Jews do not resume doing melacha after Shabbat until after Havdalah. But not all Jews do this. So may you benefit from work done by a non-observant Jew after Shabbat ends, even if he did not ...
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Driving in a Blizzard after Shabbat Begins

Someone is driving and stuck in a blizzard on the highway when Shabbat begins. It would most likely be life threatening to leave the car on the side of the highway and walk in a blinding blizzard. ...
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Can one remove and return an oatmeal pot at a hotel free breakfast on Shabbat?

I understand that there is a rule that one should not remove a pot from a crockpot unit on Shabbat and return it to the unit, for he will be recooking the food. Let's say someone is staying at a ...
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Why do all people disappear on Saturday at mi.yodeya, is this considered work?

I understand Saturday is sabath but mi.yodeya is a site for jewish learning and nothing related to work , so why do people disappear from here on Saturdays? Does answering questions or questing etc ...
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Why can't electricity be manipulated on Shabbat?

Why can't we use and change electricity on Shabbat and YomTov? By this I mean why can't we turn on and off lights...? I'v heard Rabbis say that its because you can't complete a circuit on Shabbat, ...
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Can one smooth the rice to make sushi rolls or sashimi on rice on Shabbat?

This article states that one can smoothen food only if it is necessary for eating for not for aesthetic reasons. I have attended a few Shabbat affairs where a sushi chef makes sushi rolls. To do ...
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Is it permissible to benefit from an action on shabbos by someone who follows a valid but more lenient ruling? [duplicate]

If there is an action which not all poskim agree is melocho and one person holds by the more lenient opinion is it permissible to benefit from that action or ask them to preform it? For example if ...
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Can I cause a Melacha to happen in a place where Shabbat has already started?

Can I cause a Melacha to happen in a place where Shabbat has already started? For example, if I live in New York, could I send a fax (causing the machine to print a document) to Israel on Friday ...
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Can a Jew tell a Gentile to fix his ambulance on Shabbat?

I Understand that a Jew is not allowed to ask a Gentile to do work for him specifically on Shabbat. Thus, one cannot bring a car to the Gentile mechanic on Friday and tell him specifically, "Fix my ...
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Can a piece of chocolate meltaway cake be reheated in the oven on Shabbat?

I am quite confused regarding some of the rules of reheating food on Shabbat. Here is my general "meek" understanding: already cooked liquids may not be reheated pre-cooked solids that become ...
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Blowing bubbles on Shabbos

Is there any halachik problem with blowing bubbles on Shabbos? If so what melacha categories does it fall under? Does the age of the blower matter?
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Biblical Prohibition of Breaking Shabbos/Shabbat

Somebody does not think that something is breaking Shabbos but suspects it may be an issue, yet they don't want to delve into the law because they don't want to stop doing what they are doing and they ...
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Can one rip off dead skin on shabbat?

Is any melachah involved with ripping of dead skin on Shabbat? Is there a concern that one might cause him/herself to bleed?
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Is a person forced to used his earned paid vacation days immediately for Hol Hamo'ed?

This Halchipedia article states that a person is permitted to work on Hol Hamo'ed if there is a financial loss (Davar Ha'avud) Let's say a person, who lives in U.S., has accumulated 10 paid vacation ...
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Can you rip non-perforated materials on shabbat and yom tov?

Can you rip materials that are not perforated on shabbat or yom tov? Can you rip out a piece of aluminum foil using the tool found on all foil boxes? Can you rip toilet paper not along the perforated ...
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Are you allowed to work hol hamoed if you enjoy your job?

If you're bored and do freelance. If this freelance is a hobby as well (art, programming, web design, etc), can this sort of work be done during hol hamoed?
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May one paddle a canoe (or ride in one) around in a lake or pond on Yom Tov?

Suppose one lives next to a lake or a pond and has a canoe (or a kayak or other non-motorized, sail-less rowboat) that is kept docked at the water. May one use it on Yom Tov? Is this melacha? Does ...
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Can a horse owned by a Jewish owner run in any of the Triple Crown races?

All of the "Triple Crown" horse races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont) occur on Shabbat. If the horse's owner is Jewish, (I just learned that American Pharaoh's owner is Jewish; I didn't know ...
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kosher murder switch?

It is generally accepted that grama (indirect causation) is not permitted in performing a forbidden melacha in non-emergency situations. Similarly, while there may be cases of grama in other halachic ...
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May a Jew have non-Jew carry items on Shabbat for the Jew's use?

My understanding is that a Jew can have a non-Jew perform melacha for him only if s/he benefits from it, and providing that a Jew has not specifically instructed him / her regarding doing the melacha. ...
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Why “בשלמא לרבי יוחנן” on שבת דף סט ע״א?

Various types of m'lacha (labor) are forbidden on the sabbath, and the punishment is a particular form of death called kares (if the perpetrator doesn't get killed by a human-run court). However, if ...
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Inflatable Mattress on Shabbos

Is one allowed to pump air into an inflatable mattress on Shabbos? Is this a problem of tikkun cli, makeh b'patish, etc? (Or any other problem.) What about if the mattress was inflated Erev Shabbos ...
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Electronic card readers to enter buildings on Shabbat?

As a student, I've noticed that practically all of the dormitories in my university require residents to tap their student cards to a sensor before they are allowed to enter their building. (Moreover, ...
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Is one allowed to wear a medical emergency bracelet or necklace on Shabbat?

Let's say a person has allergies (such as penicillin). He is in good health, currently. However, if he were unconscious, EMT technicians would want to know about such info as this would affect the ...
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Is someone allowed to walk home from shul wearing leather shoes on Tish'a B'Av?

Since Tish'a B'av begins immediately after Shabbat, this year, this can present a shoe problem on Motza'ei Shabbat. The conditions / halachot: One is not allowed to wear leather shoes on Tish'a ...