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I found this article that answers my question: R’ Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe OC 4:60) writes that one may only use timers on Shabbos for one’s lights. Firstly, timers are akin to instructing a non-Jew to perform a melacha on one’s behalf which is prohibited. Additionally, it isn’t respectful for Shabbos. As people always had non-Jews come in to their ...


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The Aruch Hashulchan (308:3-5) quotes Tosafos in Bava Kama who says that it was initially only a temporary enactment: בימי נחמיה בן חכליה שהיו פרוצים בחילול שבתות מהזמן שהיו בבבל, עמד הוא ועזרא וחגי זכריה ומלאכי ואנשי כנסת הגדולה וגזרו על דורם עוד חומרות, ולא התירו רק ג' כלים. ולא היתה גזירות קבועות לדורות, וכן כתבו מפורש רבותינו בעלי התוספות בבבא קמא (צ"ד: ...


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The sefer Shmiras Shabbos K'Hilchasah (16:33) paskens without reservation that dice games for recreation (not gambling) are fully permitted on Shabbos. No qualification is made for fear of writing by accident. A strict opinion (which not all hold like as Halachah) is brought by the Chayey Adam (Shabbos 11:38). He holds that any game which usually involves ...


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You can avoid any concerns about chillul Hashem by intercepting and correcting the negative impression your gentile coworker has of you. The problem here is an education gap, which you can fix. Your coworker believes that Shabbat starts at a particular time and that this is when all Jews start it. He took your "they're starting early" to mean "they're ...


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The Shulchan Aruch of R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi (263:25) writes: מי שקדם להתפלל ערבית של שבת קודם שהתפללו הקהל אף על פי שכבר חל עליו קבלת שבת יכול לומר אפילו לישראל חבירו שלא קבל עדיין השבת שיעשה לו מלאכה ומותר לו ליהנות מהמלאכה בשבת דכיון (ח) שלחבירו מותר הוא אין באמירתו אליו איסור כלל(ולא אסרו האמירה לנכרי אף על פי שאינו מצווה על השבת) אלא כשאומר לו ...


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The counting of the sabbath cycle (days) is not a lunar based one. Here is an excerpt from http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1103696/jewish/How-Do-We-Know-Which-Day-is-Shabbat.htm : We were first commanded to keep Shabbat in the desert shortly after we left Egypt. How did we know when to keep it? In Exodus 16, we are told that during our ...


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The Tur (orach chaim 291) quotes an opinion that 2 loaves are unnecessary for the third meal. The explanation offered is that from the double portion of Friday, four loaves were made. One was consumed on Friday itself, one was consumed on Friday night, and one was consumed at the first daytime meal. This means that only one loaf remained for the third meal. ...


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It is allowed to tell a nonjew to do a m'lacha for himself. Ramma siman 307 siff 21. The Mishna Berurah #73 explains that since the item never belonged to a Jew, and the action being done is solely to benefit the nonjew, there was never a g'zeira of amira li'eino Yehudi.


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Rav Belsky, shlit"a, explicitly declares his reasoning in the letter: ...a tiny possibility of ספק is introduced so that the odds of the melocho being completed is reduced somewhat or delayed minimally. This concept has no place in Halacha. My understanding is that his reasoning is not that different from the general principle that we are not concerned ...


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I don't think there is any problem with doing this. You are not creating the image, you are just allowing it to be seen by removing something which prevented you from seeing it. There is a discussion regarding a form of invisible ink that by putting it next to the flame it can be seen, which according to the Pri Megadim is rabbinically prohibited. But there ...


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A competent rabbi should be consulted in all such cases. A similar case is discussed here where the questioner wants to know what to do if he's in a hotel where the rooms are accessed by a magnetic card. The rabbi answers that he should ask the hotel staff for a conventional key. If that fails, he can ask a non-Jew to open the door for him (since one is ...


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In terms of the central question, namely does what a non-Jew incorrectly perceives as violating Halacha constitute a chillul Hashem, there is a Magen Avrohom (O.C. 244:8) which calls it a chillul Hashem to have non-Jews publicly do construction on your behalf because non-Jews do not have work done for them on their religion (and they therefore consider us to ...


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I had hoped to have time to do a better summary, but this will have to suffice: Regarding forehead thermometers, there are a relatively large number of responsa: שו"ת מחזה אליהו סימן סה is of the opinion that it is forbidden both for writing as well as coloring. (His thermometer has the letters N and F that would light up if there was No Fever or Fever, ...


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Building the Mishkan did not override Shabbos. Operating it (avoda) did. Presumably the inaugural sequence was considered avoda.


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The Vilna Gaon writes that the definition of oneg shabbos is the enjoyment of things on shabbos itself, in contrast to kavod shabbos which is the all the preparation one does before shabbos. Rav Ovadia Yosef in Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (רמב) says this explicitly as well: הכל איש מישראל מחוייב בכבוד ועונג שבת. וכבוד שבת הוא מהדברים הנעשים קודם השבת, ...


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According to the footnote to this artice, the calculation of dates where death did not happen includes Isru Chag (the day after Pesach). This brings the total of "non-death days" back to 17, and solves our "off by one" problem.


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He also signed on this letter, which allows for grama devices in hospitals.



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