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Handling Historical Money on Shabbat [duplicate]

Let's say a historian had a collection of Bar Kochba coins or even replicas of those coins. Since these coins serve zero purpose as money today, can they be handled on Shabbat?
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Prospective Jews and Shabbat observance

Can someone who is not Jewish but is seriously considering converting observe Shabbat? Here I specifically mean home observance (Kiddush, etc.). Also, can a non-Jew looking into converting pray Jewish ...
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Taking Tylenol on a Taanith: Defining “ill”

With regard to hilkhoth shabbath, a choleh she'ein bo sakana (one with a non-life-threatening illness) is allowed to engage in therapeutic activites, such as taking medication. This is not the case ...
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Why must not we cry out/make petitions in Shabbat? (Shabbat 12a)

Why we must not cry out/make petitions in Shabbat? (Shabbat 12a) Our Rabbis taught: If one enters [a house] to visit a sick person [on the Sabbath], he should say, 'It is the Sabbath, when one ...
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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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Doing business live with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat already arrived [duplicate]

Is it permitted for a Jew to communicate in real time, conducting business, with a non-Jew who is in a time zone where Shabbat has already arrived, assuming it's not yet Shabbat where the Jew is? ...
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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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Saying Va'yechulu with a woman

The Mishna Brurah 268:19 writes that one should say va'yachulu with two people minimum since there are those who hold you can't say it by yourself (he does note that one can read by himself if done as ...
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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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Why does Nusach Ashkenaz skip מה רבו on Shabbos?

In the birchot keriat shema of Shabbat morning, we add a number of pesukim in the beginning, and we switch the piyut of קל ברוך גדול דעה for the piyut of קל אדון. But all the pesukim said on a weekday ...
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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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What do you have to check before Shabbat enters?

I know you have to ask your family if certain things have been done, what are these things?
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Torah reading on Shabbat afternoon was instituted for יושבי קרנות. Who are they?

Bava Kamma 82a (excerpts): עשרה תקנות תיקן עזרא שקורין במנחה בשבת Ezra made 10 enactments (1) Reading the Torah at Min'ha on Shabbat שיהו קוראין במנחה בשבת משום יושבי קרנות: Rash"i ...
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Why is the Challah braided? [duplicate]

Every challah I've seen in my life is braided, regardless the country or customs. But what are the origins of preparing the challah in this way? The bread in the Beit HaMikdash wasn't like this as far ...
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Shema in Musaf Kedushah - Source and reason

I grew up on the Birnbaum siddur, I admit it. I read the little explanations at the bottom of the page over and over. Later, I bought a set of Artscroll machzorim and used those on Rosh Hashana and ...
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Making Kiddush/Havdalah Twice

Is it okay to say kiddush or havdalah twice in order to be Motzi someone else (e.g. wife)?
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Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov?

Why is Baruch Hashem L'olam said on Motzei Shabbos V'Yom Tov in Nussach Ashkenaz? A priori question: Why do some congregations say Baruch Hashem L'Olam (BHL) at all? The 2 possible answers I'd ...
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Lighting Candles when eating Out on Friday Night

If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that some rabbis do not allow candles to be lit at the hall in the shul but instruct ...
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Torah reading on shabbos and going out to finish davening

There have been times on Shabbos that I have been still davening when the tzibbur starts Krias Hatorah. Is it halachically correct to go outside of the place where they're reading to a more quiet ...
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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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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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Source for Rabbis being able to say not to do a Deoriata

What is the source for Rabbis being able to say that one is not allowed to do a mitzvah deorita? Examples that come to mind are blowing shofar on Rosh Hashana on Shabbat, lulav on Sukkot (at least ...
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Is it forbidden to use a sand timer on shabbos?

Everyone I know seems to say that using a sand timer (hourglass) on shabbos is forbidden. The question is why? Is it because of sifting? Is there some other melacha involved? Is it actually forbidden? ...
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Can one set off a nuclear bomb on Shabbos?

There have been manually controlled "criticality accidents" before, and I could see someone setting off a bomb by rope at a distance. Would there be any prohibition involved doing so on Shabbos, as ...
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Is the Sabbath a Creation Ordinance?

"And on the seventh day God finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2 Some understand that this verse teaches that ...
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Why does the Chazzan Wear a Tallit on Friday Night?

Generally, the Chazzan \ Shaliach Tzibbur for Maariv does not wear a Tallit. However, on Friday Nights, he does. Why is this night different than all other nights?
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Can one take “pre-op” medicine on Shabbat?

As an extension of this M.Y. question, Can one take medication on Shabbat on preparation for a procedure that occurs the next day or in a few days? For example, can one take: amoxicillin for oral ...
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Are empty soda cans muktzah?

Do empty soda cans fall under the category of articles that are not useful for any purpose on Shabbos and are therefore muktzah and can not be moved or is there a leniency that would allow it to be ...
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Why do we say a different bracha after the Shabbos Haftara on Succos than Pesach? [duplicate]

On Shabbos Chol HaMoed Succos we say the regular shabbos bracha after the Haftara, but on Shabbos Chol HaMoed Pesach, we don't and instead treat it like a Yom Tov. Why is this? Why the discrepancy?
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According to those who do Shabbat's Hoshaanot on Sunday, what is done when Hoshaana Rabbah is on Sunday?

There are different opinions about how Hoshaanot is conducted on Shabbat. Some say it and some don't. See Nitei Gavriel Sukkot Chapter 73, Halacha 18. The Chabad Custom (as brought in footnote 31) ...
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Cooking Cholent Right before Shabbos

Is there anything wrong with putting up a cholent to cook right before Shabbos?
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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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Can one move egg shells on Shabbos?

Let's say someone makes egg salad on Shabbos and when peeling the eggs puts the peels in a cup. Is this cup allowed to be moved (even without adding anything that's permitted to be moved in the cup)?
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Can one tear a plastic ring off of a bottle on Shabbos?

Is one allowed to tear off a plastic ring on bottles ex: those bottles of a gallon of water that you have to tear off the plastic ring around it to use it.
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Is one allowed to remove stems from vegetables or herbs on Shabbos?

Is one allowed to remove stems from vegetables or herbs on Shabbos? Is this borer? If it is borer, is it okay to do it if you remove some part of the vegetable on top while you remove the stem so ...
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Sources that permit applying sunscreen on shabbos?

Since it's put on to prevent medical conditions, are there recognized halachic authorities who say that applying sunscreen (a cream NOT lotion) is muttar (permitted) on shabbos?
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Why do we mention the Rosh Chodesh korbanot in pesukei dezimra?

In the pesukei dezimra of each day we have a section of korbanot. On Shabbat, we add in a section which lists the extra korbanot of Shabbat. According to the Artscroll Yom Kippur machzor, we do that ...
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Can one schedule an operation on Motza'ei Shabbat?

Some operations require fasting an entire day. I understand that one is not allowed to fast on Shabbat (except on Yom Kippur.) The scenario: Let's say a patient needs has had knee osteoarthritis. It ...
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Is one allowed to eat food that was prepared by someone else being mechalel Shabbos?

For example, if someone's mother makes egg salad for the whole family on Shabbos but peels the eggs a few hours before the meal when it's supposed to be peeled immediately before the meal. If the ...
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Where are we commanded to light candles Fri night? [duplicate]

The bracha for lighting candles Friday night is "who has sanctified us with his commandments and commanded us to light the lamp of Shabbat." What is the source for the commandment? While we are on ...
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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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are you allowed to feed fish on shabbos?

I've heard one may feed an animal on shabbos but may not feed a fish,being that tthey could live a day without food, is that accurate?
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What are some of the halachic issues with taking a train on Shabbos? [duplicate]

I'd like to know all of the potential issues involved and what leniencies exist to handle? Sources would be great.
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Why dip the challah in salt?

I recently saw by a Friday night dinner that the challah bread was dipped in salt a few times. Is there a specific amount of times to dip it, and why dip it in the first place?
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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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Voice-activated electronics on Shabbat

Does using a voice-activated device constitute a melacha? For example, Siri on an iphone or, a even a voice-activated light-switch. Does it make a difference if the computer doesn't take direct ...
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Why is it forbidden to blow shofar on shabbat that isn't rosh hashanna?

The gemara (Rosh Hashanna 29b) rules that blowing a shofar is not forbidden on Rosh Hashanna which falls on Shabbat as a forbidden labor (חכמה ואינה מלאכה). It isn't even rabinically forbidden like ...
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Does one say “Tzidkatcha” and “El Maleh” next Shabbat (or any 28 Elul that falls on Shabbat)?

Art Scroll and Birnbaum (Nusach Ashkenaz) siddurim state that tzidkatcha should not be said on a day when Tachanun would have been skipped had it been a weekday. I believe that similar instructions ...
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If someone hospitalized on erev Shabbat is then asked/required to sign a release form during Shabbat, what is to be done? [closed]

If someone is hospitalized on erev Shabbos, and asked/required to sign a release form upon the conclusion of his time there, should this be signed with a shinui?