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Reasons to prohibit: Electrical generation in Israel involves a Jew doing melacha on Shabbat, and since it is forbidden to benefit from such work, one shouldn't use electricity from the public utilities on Shabbat. Reasons to permit: Electricity is required to power hospitals and other life-saving functions. Therefore, it is permitted for Jews to generate ...


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Rav Moshe Feinstein: One does not recite a blessing. Rav Aharon Lichtenstein: One does recite a blessing. Both rabbis agree that one can use incandescent (preferably unfrosted) light bulbs in a "pressing situation," (eg. fire hazard, or you don't have candles). Ask your rabbi for practical applications. Regarding the second part of your question: ...


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R' Auerbach OBM held that refraining using electricity per se is a minhag. However, almost all electric devices involve one or more melochos, which is why it is a minhag to refrain from electricity use, since unless you are an electrical engineer AND a rav, it is unlikely that you would be able to determine what exactly is permissible and not permissible ...



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