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Rabbi Howard Jachter, in an excellent article on Halachic Perspectives on Pets (http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/english/halacha/jachter_1.htm), footnote 44, quotes "Rabbi Shmuel David (Sheilot Uteshuvot Meirosh Tzurim 38:6) (http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=22624&st=&pgnum=270) [who] cogently argues that one who is accustomed to move his pets is ...


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The Rambam himself says in הלכות שביתת יום טוב - פרק ראשון כב יוֹם טוֹב שֵׁנִי אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהוּא מִדִּבְרֵי סוֹפְרִים כָּל דָּבָר שֶׁאָסוּר בָּרִאשׁוֹן אָסוּר בַּשֵּׁנִי. וְכָל הַמְחַלֵּל יוֹם טוֹב שֵׁנִי וַאֲפִלּוּ שֶׁל רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה בֵּין בְּדָבָר שֶׁהוּא מִשּׁוּם שְׁבוּת בֵּין בִּמְלָאכָה בֵּין שֶׁיָּצָא חוּץ לַתְּחוּם מַכִּין אוֹתוֹ מַכַּת ...


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Very broad question. There are many types of muktza. From the two you mentioned, rocks should be designated for the use you intend forever. This is how the mishna berurah ruled. Pets are tough. Many huge poskim all come from an answer that the Rosh gave about birds in cages that animals stay muktzah under all circumstances. Chacham Ovadia and the seffer ...


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Shmiras Shabbos Kehilkhasah discusses this in chapter 26 siff 27. After discussing the allowance to replace the lulav in its water as found in Shulchan Aruch O'ch siman 654 he says 'it is also muttar to wrap the lulav in a wet towel, as long as it was made wet before yom tov started and as long as he is not interested in squeezing it. However one should not ...


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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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