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Sechita is a term that derives from the labor category of dash, threshing. The technical definition is "removing a product from its natural container." This therefore includes: Removing a wheat kernel from its husk Squeezing grapes for juice Milking a cow And somewhat differently, Wringing out a wet rag. Apparently water absorbed into a porous material ...


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Yes, the Issur involves any "Behema", including horses. See the Shulchan Aruch siman 246, a horse is explicitly mentioned in the Mishna Berura there, 33-34. The "Cattle" translation is a good example why you should try your best to avoid translations if possible...


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There's a lot of discussion whether the threshold needed to halachically connect your action to the result is higher vis-a-vis Shabbos than other halachic subjects because of meleches machsheves -- the Torah referred specifically to conscious, creative labor. Regardless, the Gemara Sanhedrin 76--78 discusses all sorts of cases of "direct" vs "indirect" ...



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