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As far as electricity goes, the only available leniency would be if you ruled with the minority opinion that it is treated as real fire. In that case, the Aruch Hashulchan, who did treat it as fire, has a responsa allowing one to shut off his light on yom tov sheini. But nobody I've heard of rules like that. In fact, his great grandson told me that his ...


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The example normally given is an electric stove top which is already on before Yom Tov, can the stove top be changed in the same way that gas can be changed? The answer to that is that if the switch is a continuous rheostat, then it can be changed in the same way that gas can be changed. However, many stove tops have switches which actually "click" between ...


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You may want to review the laws of Talmud Torah in Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah, סימן רמו - שחיב כל אדם בתלמוד תורה. If you feel that watching TV is in line with these Halachot, then (after consulting with your LOR) you probably can do so. Amongst other things we learn there: א כָּל אִישׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל חַיָּב בְּתַלְמוּד תּוֹרָה, בֵּין עָנִי בֵּין עָשִׁיר, ...



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