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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Making Wissotsky tea on Shabbos

I have heard that Rav Nachum Rabinovitch, shlit"a, (who, IMSMC, is strict regarding using tea bags/cold essence to make tea on Shabbos, even in a kli sheni [lit: second utensil]) is lenient with ...
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How do we know that the civil Saturday is the correct Shabbat?

Disclaimer: I am not a religious Jew, this question is only out of curiosity. I understand that observant Jews observe Shabbat from Friday night to Saturday. And from this question and this it seems ...
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Preparing a dish on Shabbos by night for the day time (in regards to Borer)

It says in SA OC Siman 321 Sif 19 in the Rema that normally it's ossur to peel garlic or onions however that's only to leave them to eat at a later time. However if it's being done to eat right away ...
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Homeopathic or unscientific medicine on shabbos

On shabbos there is a rabbinic prohibition against doing many medicinal things. Is the whole requirement that he is doing it for medicine and that it looks medicinal, or must it actually be ...
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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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Lego on Shabbos

Is Lego Muktzeh? and can Adults use it too?
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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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Shabbat and Olam Haba?

The great mysteries of Shabbat and Olam Haba. Why is Shabbat connected to Olam Haba (afterlife) and how? Is it because the afterlife is a place of rest from creative work? Is it because there will ...
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Havdalah - how important is it? [duplicate]

Is Shabbat over when the sun has gone down or is Shabbat over after the Havdalah ceremony? If it is the latter, does the Shabbat keep going for the rest of the week? Since the Torah says that Shabbat ...
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Ask a gentile to switch labors?

I understand that we are (generally) not allowed to ask a gentile to do m'lacha for a Jew on Shabas. Suppose he's going to do m'lacha anyway, but I want him to do it differently, or to do a different ...
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Fitness Tracker On Shabbat

First I want to assure everyone that I asked this question to a proper halakhic authority and will proceed with my actions based on his answer. I am asking it here as well because I think it is an ...
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Are Magna-Tiles allowed on Shabbat?

There is a Rabbinic prohibition on constructing a temporary canopy (ohel arai; see e.g. Shabbath 137b) a tefach or greater with walls that are also a tefach or greater. Considering that this is often/...
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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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GE Shabbos / Yom Tov mode on ovens - Machlokes

In this question How does Shabbos/Yom Tov mode on a stove work? it discusses how the Shabbos / Yom Tov mode works. I have recently heard that there are Rabbis that do not allow using this mode. Does ...
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Why is the beracha Me'ein Sheva omitted on the first night of Pesach?

My Artscroll siddur says that the beracha Me'ein Sheva is omitted when the first night of Pesach falls on Shabbat. I have seen this in other siddurim as well. What is the reason for not saying the ...
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Source for the Baal Shem Tov's idea of seeing one's own flaw in others?

I recently heard the following story a few times and was wondering if anyone had a source for the story. The story is that the Baal Shem Tov said that if you see a fellow Jew breaking Shabbos it ...
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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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Where is the Sambatyon?

Where is the Sambatyon? Is there really a river somewhere that throws stones all week and rests on Shabbos?
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Saying Ritzei after Shekiyah

HoRav Yisroel Belsky Shlit"a (see Mishna Berurah 299:1) permits one to eat סעודת שלישית until 20 minutes after Shekiyah. Would someone still be able to say רצה if he started eating after Shkekiyah or ...
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Is promoting an event that occurs on Shabbat a prohibited source of income?

Is promoting an event that occurs on Shabbat a prohibited source of income? For instance, if your employer wants you to contact various organizations and have them participate in an event set for ...
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Is there a difference between eating breakfast before a weekday Shacharit prayer or a Shabbat Shacharit prayer?

Based on the verse “Lo tochlu al hadam,” in Vayikra, we learn that one should not eat before praying in the morning. There is also the concept of Oneg Shabbat. Which basically means that you should ...
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Guarding payos overnight

Men must sleep on their side, but, besides for aiding digestion, this tends to mess up long nicely curled payos. How does one protect them overnight from becoming disheveled by lying on them? Note ...
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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. It'...
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Can a child have the din of a “machalel shabbos b'farhasia”?

A Jew that is a m"chalel shabbos b'farhasia" (that they desecrate the Shabbos in public) could have a different status in regards to certain dinim -- for example handling wine that wasn't cooked and ...
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Halachik issues with SodaStream and similar sodamakers on Shabbos (e.g. molid, hashmaas kol)

It is disputed whether soda/seltzer makers are a problem on Shabbos (see Making seltzer/soda water on Shabbat or Yom Tov ) with e.g. the Shemiras Shabbos K'hilchasa ruling leniently (as cited in Rabbi ...
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Why isn't כל הכשר להצניע…‏ in שלחן ערוך?

The seventh chapter of mishnayos Shabas has this general rule ("כלל"): Whatever is fit for storing and people store that [amount of it], and he carried it out on Shabas, he's liable therefor to ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters (http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-...
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Can someone called for one of the Shabbat or Yom Tov aliyot be called again for maftir?

I think the title of the question is self-explanatory.Something to consider: Maftir seems to be separate from the other aliyot specified in Talmud Megilah. Would it matter if the person who had ...
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Brushing teeth in Shabbes

As far as I´m concerned there could be an issue regarding making oneself bleed, by using a toothbrush. Are there any other problems that may arise by brushing teeth with a toothbrush in Shabbes? ...
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Where does the Zohar say blessing and success come as a result of the Shabbos’s holiness?

The Eitz Yosef (cited in a footnote in 'The Complete Artscroll Siddur', page 316) quotes the Zohar who says: All the weekday blessing and success come as a result of the Shabbos’s holiness. ...
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Calculating shabbat candle lighting time

Is it possible to calculate the candle lighting time based on location and date alone? Assume all you have is a GPS, a watch and a calculator.
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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 non-...
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Can one use timer to turn on platta on shabbos morning?

As in title, can one use a timer to turn on hot platta (hot plate) on Shabbos morning to heat up the food? (If one doesn't want to have platta ON for the whole night due to safety reasons.) I use a ...
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Is one permitted to say good shabbos in the mikvah?

One might see a friend at the mikvah and wish to say hello and either being before or on shabbos wish him well. Since shabbos is also considered one of G-d's names is it permitted to use this ...
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Why are Shabbat candles lit 18 minutes before sunset? [duplicate]

My understanding is that the number 18 is the amount of time it takes for an average person to walk 1 mil (side Q, how does this measurement translate to current English or metric units?) Why was ...
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Are we supposed to eat fish without a knife?

This is literally just something I've heard--that a knife is not supposed to be used, nor put out, for the fish course (i.e. on Shabbos). I ask people wherever I go if they've heard of this. Some say ...
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Wearing Watches on Shabbat

What is a watch one can wear on shabbat? There are the analogue quartz watches with just one crown to adjust the time that (as far as I'm aware) most people would wear on shabbat (especially an ...
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Resources for those beginning to keep Shabbos

What are some useful and accessible resources for those who are just beginning to keep the Sabbath? General primers, overviews of the Law, sources of advice on making things easier, and guides to ...
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Is it better not to wear a watch on Shabbat?

I know it is permissible to wear a watch on Shabbat, and I have already perused this question about the particulars of what kinds of watch features are and are not permitted (ignoring the issue of ...
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Breaking Shabbos to keep future Shabbos(os)?

The reason we allow someone to violate shabbos to save a life is because of the principle "let him void one shabbat so that many future shabbosos will be kept". What are the parameters for this ...
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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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Geographic size of an Eruv

Inspired by Is Juneau, Alaska -- surrounded by natural barriers -- a natural eruv Is there a maximum square mile or square kilometer area that may be enclosed by an Eruv? (sources)
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Nest Thermostat and shabbat [duplicate]

I'd like to know if a Nest Thermostat would be allowed by halacha? They say it programs itself and it realizes when you come home, so when you come home on shabbat, the machine will detect it, and it ...
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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 this,...
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Why does the Torah sometimes refer to Shabbat as a masculine noun and other times as a feminine noun?

There are times when the Torah refers to Shabat in feminine as in Shmot (Ex.) 31:13 "...But you shall observe my Shabbats, for SHE is a sign". Other times the masculine voice is used as in Shmot (Ex.) ...
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If my home is on fire on Shabbos or Yom Tov, what can I do?

G-d forbid, but let's say that my house catches fire either on Shabbos or a Yom Tov. Can I call 911 or must I find a non-Jewish neighbor to call? We have an eruv. Can I take my car keys, cell phone ...
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Television on Shabbos

Let's take as a given that it is forbidden to turn a television on or off or otherwise use electricity on Shabbat. Let's also ignore the whole issue of watching TV in the first place. We can also ...
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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 ...