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If I leave an air hockey table on from before the sabbath, would it be permissible to use it?

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  • Why is it worse than a fan?
    – Chatzkel
    Jul 10 at 2:46
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    Do you have any particular concern? Does it make noise?
    – mbloch
    Jul 10 at 3:12
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    I can’t seem to find anything wrong with it it just feels like there is something wrong with it. Do you know what I mean? Just imagine playing air hockey on shabbos. It seems strange Jul 10 at 4:03
  • Sounds like you are making the uvda d'chol argument.
    – N.T.
    Jul 10 at 8:32
  • If the issue is uvda d’chol then it’s related to the playing of the game, not the air blowing.
    – Chatzkel
    Jul 10 at 14:27

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If there are lights and numbers that get triggered by goals or otherwise, it definitely would not be okay. However, even without that, zilzul Shabbos is definitely a real consideration here so it's probably best to avoid it. Rabbi Mordechai Djavaheri goes into detail in the second half of this shiur

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