The seventh day of the week and a day of rest. Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to Yom Tov and Shabbat.

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Deodorant on Shabbos, D'oraissa or D'rabbanan [duplicate]

Is the prohibition of using deodorant on Shabbos D'oraissa or D'rabbanan?
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Attaching something by way of a hook on Shabbos — problem of binyan (building)?

I will pose the question with the following example. Someone on their porch has a wooden beam structure that has on it metal rings that one can attach a swing to by the way of a hook. The swing can be ...
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Did the New York Times really testify to the eternity of the Jewish People? [closed]

There's a story I've heard quite a few times that is reprinted all over Jewish sites on the internet. It goes like this: On January 1, 2000, the NY Times ran a Millennium edition. It was a special ...
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Is using a (non-touch-screen) Kindle on Shabbat permitted?

A Kindle is an e-book reader that uses "e-ink" rather than an LCD screen. It has physical controls to turn pages. (This question is not about the newer ones with touch screens.) If left unused it ...
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Why Use Of Torah Crown Only By Shabbos/Yom Tov Shachris?

Many Shules place the Torah's crown on the Sefer Torah only by Shabbos/Yom Tov Shachris, why is that so? Edit: I added Yom Tov as I agree with msh210's observation that it is also true on Yom Tov.
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Is it a discouraged or an unacceptable practice for a Gentile to keep the Sabbath?

According to Jewish Law and tradition, is it acceptable, discouraged or totally unacceptable for a Gentile to keep the Sabbath according to the regulations spelled out in the Torah and the Talmud and ...
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Would a gentile servant in a Jewish home keep the sabbath? Would a gentile servant be a shabbas goy?

My great grandmother lived at her uncle's inn near Lemberg, in Galicia. in the 1880s. I am writing a novel based in part on her experiences. Based on my research so far, it seems to me that her ...
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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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While knowing another Jew will mechalel shabbat because of you, is it preferred you do it instead?

So I have a general question: If you are a religious Jew and you are in a non religious Jew's home on Sabbath and you mention that it is really hot and you would love to have an AC on and then you ...
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How far can you go in Shabbos leniency in order to prepare food?

I am referring to situations in which it is very likely that there will not be any food unless Shabbos leniencies are exploited. For example, if literally all my food is all in the fridge, but I know ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

I recently stumbled upon a page that said this: Eating Dairy Products on Shavuot Many families have a custom to eat dairy products on Shavuot. As noted above, Darkei Teshuva questions this ...
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Picking mushrooms on shabbos

Is one allowed to pick mushrooms from where they grew on shabbos? To provide some context: The Talmud (Berachos 40b) states that although mushrooms grow on the ground, the proper Beracha is ...
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Shamai HaZakein Buying for Shabbos All Week

The Gemara (Beitzah 16a) talks about Shamai HaZakein, who would buy meat every day, setting aside the current day's meat for Shabbos and eat the previous day's portion, which is no longer set aside ...
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Are you allowed to wear old Shabbos clothes during the week?

If you have a garment that was specifically designated to be worn on Shabbos (or Yom Tov) are you allowed to start wearing it during the week if it has become worn out from repeated use and thus no ...
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Is one allowed to use can openers on shabbos or chag?

Is one allowed to use a can opener on Shabbos or Chag to open things like canned veggies etc? Also on Shabbos or Chag may one open canned food that has the pull tab and doesn't require a can opener?
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buying one needs on yom tov and shabbat

I came across kitzur sulkhan arukh sulkhan hamelekh part 3 chapter 53 as explaining SA (orach chaim sec 323) that one can buy something needed, preferably foods, on yom tov and shabbat, under certain ...
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Opening bottles and creating a Keli on Shabbath

Does opening a new bottle create a new Keli, such that it would be prohibited on Shabbath?
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Can an automated online service business operate on shabbat?

While this questions touches on mine, I'd like to know more specifically about operating an online service business, such as an online subscription based software on Shabbat. Can the service be ...
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Audio Recording on Shabbat/Yom Tov

Would there be a problem with leaving a recorder on from before Shabbat or Yom Tov, and thereby recording a lecture given on Shabbat itself? There is a wealth of literature on the subject of Melacha ...
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Is one allowed to wear a head lamp on Shabbat?

On Lail Shabbat (Fri. night) Someone attends a shul that is some distance away from his home. The way home has no street lighting or other form of lighting (e.g. no full moon and few houses). There ...
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Scheduling a USPS Pickup for Shabbos

So it turns out that the USPS has a feature where you can ask them to come and pickup a package. So you go online to their site, enter your information, choose a date for the pickup, and tell them ...
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כי הלא בזולת בשר כבדת את השבת

The full text is: מה שהלכת אתמול לבקש בשר ואבדת חצי היום ולא יכולת למצוא ואף תרנגולים שבאו לידך לא אסתייעא מלתא הכל מאתי היה להודיעך שהבשר והיין שהם משכן היצה"ר אין לרדוף אחריהם כי בזולתם יחיה האדם ...
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Meaning of Kibbud and Oneg Shabbat

We have commandments of the Joy and Honor of Sabbath. What is the explanation of these mitzvot; what is the meaning and purpose of this commandment? What do rejoicing and honoring of Shabbat mean, ...
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Did the Rashbam Practice what he Preached Regarding Shabbat?

Rashbam, on Bereishit (Genesis) 1:5, states: ויהי ערב ויהי בקר - אין כתיב כאן ויהי לילה ויהי יום, אלא ויהי ערב, שהעריב יום ראשון ושיקע האור, ויהי בוקר, בוקרו של לילה, שעלה עמוד השחר, הרי הושלם יום ...
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Why shouldn't Gentiles keep Shabbat?

I know little about Judaism and it's a first time question, so please forgive any mistakes. According to this question non-Jews are forbidden from keeping Shabbat. What is the reasoning behind this? ...
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It seems Noah was keeping Sabbath. Do the sages address this?

The seventh day of Creation, God rested, sanctified the day and blessed it, because in it he rested. God obviously did not need to rest; the logical conclusion is that He did so as an example to ...
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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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Are Jewish students allowed to study non-religious subjects on Shabbat? [duplicate]

For example, could a Jewish university student learn mathematics (without a computer) on Shabbat?
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What are the restrictions on electronic commerce during the sabbath?

On Photo.SE, mention was made of some software that had its software license fulfillment (one would think a completely automatic process) being restricted on Saturday: Someone at B&H ... has ...
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Can an ecommerce website remain open on Shabbat?

This question is more general and doesn't apply specifically to ecommerce sites even though the discussion mentions them a little. Specifically, we know we can't do business on Shabbat. So what is ...
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Is there a minhag to smell besamim on shabbos?

Is there a minhag to smell besamim on shabbos?(for reasons other than the 100 brochos)
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Unknown barechu on Friday Asarah Beteiveit

I've been thinking about this for a while, and this question reminded me. If you're walking past a shul between plag and shkiya on Friday Asarah Beteiveit and you hear Barechu but don't know if it ...
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Can we play video games during sabbath

I am not Jewish, but sort of try to emulate some parts of it to see if it does me any good. Well, not doing anything for 1 day is too boring. Actually what else can we do anyway during sabbath beside ...
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response to barachu vs candles, in bringing shabbat in early?

I understand how it can be that lighting candles bring in shabbat. But I don't understand how responding to Barachu(or any part of the davening) can bring in or be used to bring in shabbat. I can ...
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What do you do if you forgot to turn off the refrigerator light before Shabbat?

The first time you open a fridge on Shabbat, you notice the light is on. Your intention is to take out food, not turn on the light. Is closing the fridge a problem? Can I open it again? Is it better ...
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Acoustic Megaphone on Shabbat

Have any of the halachic authorities discussed using an acoustic megaphone on Shabbat? Is a megaphone like any other musical instrument, which is forbidden on Shabbat because we might end up ...
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When and why did the custom to have young children end Musaph Shabbat davening begin?

In most shuls that I have attended (mainly Nusach Ashkenaz), young children (below Bar Mitzvah age, usually) finish the Shabbat davening at the end of Musaph. I.e., they sing from En K'elokeinu ...
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Telescope on Shabbos

Can you use and move around a telescope on Shabbos?
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Pulling out hairs while wiping your bottom on Shabbat

Religious Jews are normally careful not to pull out hairs during Shabbat. After Mr. Ploni defecates, he wipes his rear end carefully. But he knows that it's impossible for him to clean his bottom to ...
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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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Warming Zone on Stove on Shabbat

A stove is a gas stove but has both an electric warming drawer as well as an electric "warming zone" surface. The warming zone is in the middle of the stove - sort of a glass top - and can be set ...
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Count seven weeks or seven shabbats?

Vayikra 23:15 reads the phrase: sheva shabbatot t'miymot. Why is this rendered as 'seven weeks' and not 'seven shabbats'? On basis of what is it defined, that the meaning of shabbatot in this case ...
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Is there any reason to drink wine at kiddush if it is not from the cup used for the blessing?

In view of the answers given to questions here and here, is there any reason to drink wine at kiddush if you are not drinking from the cup of blessing? (For instance, could the fact that you said "...
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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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Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone of suffering?

Is it ever permissible to break Shabbos in order to relieve someone (a human or an animal) of suffering? I am talking about excruciating suffering, not merely discomfort, and I am not talking about ...
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Prohibition against washing clothes on Erev Shabbat

The Gemorah (Bava Kama 82) tells us that there is a prohibition against washing clothes on Erev Shabbat. What is the reason for this enactment and why is this different than any other preparations ...
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Can one ask a trained animal to do Sabbath work

Is there a prohibition to use a trained animal to do Sabbath work such as turning on a light. (assuming the animal belongs to one's non-Jewish neighbor).
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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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Is the observance of Jewish law/tradition “all or nothing”?

Sometimes my job gets in the way of my observance of Jewish holidays. I often need to work on Saturdays or late on Fridays, inhibiting my ability to attend synagogue on Shabbat. Sometimes I am ...
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Shabbat, Shabbatot, Shabbaton?

Are there any halachic implications from the Torah's choice of the terms Shabbat, Shabbatot and Shabbaton? And to what are they referring? And what does the Torah mean when it calls the Shabbat a "...