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Mandatory evacuation on Shabbat: what can and can't you do?

A major storm hit New England starting this past Friday. While people knew this was coming and precautions were already in place, apparently (according to a news article I read tonight) some areas ...
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Reason for various positioning of “An'im Zemirot”

I am aware of 3 different customs of when to say An'im Zemirot on Shabbat: Beginning of Shacharit, Between Bircot Hashachar and Psukei D'Zimrah After Chazarat Hashat"z of Shacaharit End of Musaph ...
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What is the source for singing zemirot on Shabbat?

Who and when did the custom of singing zemirot at the Shabbat table, and what was the basis (halacha, verse, etc.) for instituting it? What was the 1st zemirah?
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What is the source of the prohibition of not preparing on Shabbat for after Shabbat?

Preparing on Shabbat for after Shabbat is not one of the 39 melachot (Biblical categories of "work"). I gather that many prohibitions are gleaned from Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 58:13. However, the only ...
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Who first said “You're being machmir on pikuach nefesh”?

I've been hearing the phrase "This is not being meikil1 on Shabbos, this is being machmir2 on pikuach nefesh3" for a long time. I've heard it quoted from R' Chaim, from the Gra, and from various and ...
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What are the opinions on carrying medicine/medical devices on Shabbat?

Specifically, I'm curious about situations where it's not immediately apparent that it'll be necessary. For example: you don't know whether or not you'll need an epipen when you leave the house, but ...
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Is one allowed to light a candle which has oil on top and water underneath on Erev Shabbos?

The gemara Shabbos 47b says that even on Erev Shabbos one may not place a vessel with water in it under a candle in order that any sparks emitted by the flame should fall into the water, because it is ...
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How to respond to a non-Jew who asks to shovel your snow on shabbos?

If a non-Jew asks if he may shovel your snow on shabbos what is the proper halachic response? Does it make a difference if he is asking to do this for pay (not previously arranged before shabbos)?
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Muktza not being directly handled (i.e. in a backpack)?

If say I'm walking in an area with an eiruv (that I hold of etc.), and it becomes Shabbos and I have a muktza object on me, if I put it in a backpack so that I'm not actually touching it, is it still ...
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Is using a 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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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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May a lady take a pregnancy test on Shabbos?

Are there any issues with taking a pregnancy test (non-electronic) on Shabbos?
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Why is a kiddush cup not muktzeh?

According the rules of Muktzeh regarding the category of Mechamat Chisaron Kis, objects that have one specific purpose and the owner takes care not to damage it or let it get stolen may not be handled ...
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Challah Dipped in Za'atar on Shobbos

Someone once told me that it is a segula to dip the Challah in Za'atar on Shabbos after making the bracha. This is in addition to the regular salt that is used on Shabbos. Is there a source to this, ...
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If Yom Kippur hypothetically fell on Sunday, would you make havdalah?

I was curious about this hypothetical situation. If Yom Kippur would fall on Sunday, Motzei Shabbat, so immediately when Shabbat ends, Yom Kippur starts. Would there be some sort of separation, בין ...
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Prohibition against leaving a laundry machine running into shabbos?

I've been struggling to understand this issue for a while. It's come to my attention that it's forbidden (according to some opinions, at least) to start a laundry / dryer load on erev shabbos, and let ...
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Can one, under any condition, shower using hot water on the Shabbat?

Is there any situation, bar imminent threat of death, which would allow one to shower with hot water during the Shabbat, using hot water which is heated on the Shabbat, or is it absolutely not ...
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using static guard on Shabbos

Would there be any reason why one would not be able to apply static guard to clothing on Shabbos? Would it make any difference if the clothing is currently being worn or not? Two points: 1- I ...
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What game is the Rama in 338:5 (טשי"ך) referring to?

In the English Mishna Brurah they translate טשי"ך as chess. The Mishna Brurah brings the Marah Sasson who forbids it because there is no chachma. It is also mentioned in the Rama that it makes noise, ...
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Why do we link Shabbat with the Exodus from Egypt?

My four-year-old son asked me this right after Kiddush on Friday night (more or less verbatim): Why do you say "Mitzrayim" in Kiddush every week? "Mitzrayim" is a Pesach word! In other words, ...
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Cutting Challah on Shabbos

Is there a source for why many people (Ashkenazim) use a knife to pre-mark the challah where they will cut it before making the bracha on Shabbos?
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Where does the concept of a Kli Shlishi come from?

When it comes to cooking on Shabbos, most people hold that things that are not allowed to be put in a Kli Sheni (a vessel once removed from the vessel that was on the fire) because it is considered ...
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sabbath forgiveness? [duplicate]

My job requires me to work weekends, incuding saturday. I am vexed in my spirit to work on saturday the sacred day of our forefathers. I get off at 3:30pm. What should I do about this? Is it lawfull ...
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Squeezing Fruits on Shabbos for Juice

Is it forbidden according to the Torah to squeeze fruits and vegetables for juice on Shabbat? Since people juice almost every fruit and vegetable nowadays (e.g. smoothies), is it forbidden the same as ...
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Can one consume food driven by a Jew on Shabbat?

I often like to invite non-religious friends of mine for Shabbat dinner. Sometimes, a guest will bring over some food to share, usually a bottle of kosher wine. I know for a fact that these people are ...
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Can one make ice on Shabbos?

Can one make ice on Shabbat? For example, putting water in an empty ice cube box and freezing it? I've heard it's a Machloket between the Rema and Shulchan Arukh. What are their opinions on making ...
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Feeding my friend's animal on Shabbas

If my friend has a pet such as a dog or cat, can I feed it on Shabbas? Do we say it's prohibited because I am not responsible to feed it (Shulchan Aruch) or do we say since my friend has to feed him I ...
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How to carry something with a shinuy

In certain instances, a person who must carry something with them on Shabbos is allowed to do so, but should try to do it by way of shinuy (שינוי), a way different from the norm, in order to minimize ...
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Where in Avnei Nezer can I find this statement about Shabbos?

The Avnei Nezer writes that we the read the following posuk in the haftarah on Yom Kippur morning:.אם תשיב משבת רגלך. The superficial meaning of these words are, “If you restrain your foot because it ...
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Zohar and Shabbos Yoma D’Nishmasa

The Zohar calls Shabbos Yoma D’Nishmasa, because it is the day of the soul, not the day of the body. Do anyone know where the source for this zohar is located?
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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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Smart thermostat on Shabbos - what should one do?

I read an article recently regarding a person who went to a hotel and realized after Shabbos began that all the rooms were controlled by smart thermostats. A smart thermostat detects when one is in ...
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What is השמעת קול about?

Apparently, there's a prohibition against making noise on Shabbos. See Shabbos 18a: אבל אין נותנין חטין לתוך הריחים של מים אלא בכדי שיטחנו מבעוד יום מאי טעמא אמר רבה מפני שמשמעת קול But ...
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Waving at a security camera on Shabbat

Background: Walking past motion detector/sensor activated lights on Shabbat -- it's better to avoid setting of motion-activated lights on Shabbat. Unintentional closing and opening of electrical ...
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How exactly were Sabbath laws enforced during ancient times?

I've heard Jews must obey the Sabbath and gentiles must not keep it (which is why I am typing a little bit here and there). So in ancient times, how was this actually enforced? Would Jews wear a ...
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If one gives a food gift on Shabbos, does the one who receives it need to use it on Shabbos?

The Halacha is that one may give a food gift to another on Shabbos. (See Dose of Halacha for more details). If I give a bottle of wine, do they need to open it on Shabbos, or can they choose to keep ...
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Processing an online payment - which will be processed on Shabbos

With my bank, when you process, online, a payment, it automatically goes out on the following day. If I authorize it on Friday they will send it on Saturday. I can also request any future date I want. ...
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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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May one use a computer script or robot to do something specifically on Shabbos/Yom Tov?

May one run a program or machine that will operate on Shabbos, either by setting a timer to activate once Shabbos has started, or by leaving it running continually? What if the action is one that is ...
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Does the Biblical prohibition against writing on Shabbat apply to nonsense as well?

Writing (כותב) is one of the 39 melachot (forbidden labors) of Shabbat. Writing nonsense is forbidden regardless, but i'm curious whether it's a Biblical or Rabbinic prohibition. On a Biblical ...
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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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Experience-based advice on using a Shabbat water heater controller?

http://www.sterlingwaterheaters.com/Index.html According to this website once installed one may use hot water on Shabbat without violating Halacha. They have Rabinnic endorsements from the following ...
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Can I choose not to violate Shabbos for “pikuach nefesh”?

According to the Gemara (Yoma 85a-b) and Poskim (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 328, Rambam, Hilchot Shabbos 2 [English Rambam]), one is allowed to violate Shabbos in order to preserve his life. This is ...
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What's wrong with singing together? [duplicate]

I once saw a sign in a synagogue which announced a change in their custom. Originally, everyone would sing Kel Adon on Shabbat shacharit together. Now, each stanza is quietly recited by the ...
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Can a mourner/avel learn Torah on Shabbat?

If I'm not mistaken a mourner in the 1st 7 days, during the Shiva cannot study Torah (except for mourning-related Torah study) as it brings joy to a person. Firstly is this Halacha or a Minhag? ...
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Is drawing a line with a crayon forbidden on Shabbat?

There are board games that involve using a crayon to draw lines (not letters or figures) on a board (e.g. EuroRails). Are these activities problematic on Shabbat? There are two aspects: the drawing ...
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Rinse with baking soda and water on Shabbos?

Are you allowed to mix a pinch of baking soda with water and rinse your mouth with it instead of using mouthwash? Also there are two way to mix it: place some baking soda on your finger/hand and ...
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Descrating one Shabbat for many

The Talmud states that one may violate the Shabbat to save a life, because it's worth violating one Shabbat to let someone keep many in the future. Does this principle apply in other cases? For ...
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Fasting on shabbas 10 Teves

One opinion brought in the Beis Yosef (whom we do not hold of) is if the fast of 10 Teves came out on shabbat we would have to fast, but it cannot happen due to the setup of our calendar. How can ...
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Is it permissible to say “Shabbos/Shabbat” in the bathroom?

I once heard or read somewhere that Shabbos/Shabbat is one of the names of Hashem. 1- Is there a source for this? 2- If it's true, can I say "Shabbos/Shabbat" in the bathroom?