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Why can't electricity be manipulated on Shabbat?

Why can't we use and change electricity on Shabbat and YomTov? By this I mean why can't we turn lights on and off? I've heard Rabbis say that its because you can't complete a circuit on Shabbat, ...
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May a Katan (minor) perform Melachah (“work”) on Shabbath?

In my experience, I've noticed that many people take for granted that if one needs a Melachah to be performed on Shabbath, one may have a minor, especially one under the age of 3, perform what is ...
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Can a Jew who is keeping the Shabbat rules ask another Jew who is not keeping shabbat to turn on/off the lights? [duplicate]

The situation is that I am currently living in dorm rooms with a Jewish person who has decided to keep Shabbat. I am a Jew who does not keep Shabbat, but I respect my dorm mate and do not want to ...
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Borer and Grinding on Yom Tov - and other Melachoth that are Ochel Nefesh

Which Melachoth are prohibited on Shabbath but are permissible to perform on Yom Tov because of the exception of Ochel Nefesh? Famously, cooking and carrying in the public domain are allowed, yet ...
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Is one allowed to eat food that was prepared by someone else being mechalel Shabbos?

For example, if someone's mother makes egg salad for the whole family on Shabbos but peels the eggs a few hours before the meal when it's supposed to be peeled immediately before the meal. If the ...
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Melachah on Shabbath - after Shabbath

If Melachah was done on Shabbath, can the product of that Melachah be enjoyed after Shabbath, and if so, under what criteria (does it depend on how long after Shabbath, or on the need, or something ...
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Can you benefit from items bought on shabbat?

Say someone purchased clothing on shabbat--knowing that it was a violation--can that clothing be worn?
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If someone sent you an email during Shabbat, is it okay to read it after Shabbat?

Is reading an email (on a day other than Shabbat or a holiday in which melachah is forbidden) written and sent to you by someone on Shabbat or the holiday halachically permitted?
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Benefiting from forbidden work on Shabbat

On a recent Friday night, we were coming out of a house and the stairs to come down to the street were quite dark. When opening the gate between the end of the stairs and the street, I noticed a car ...
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Viewing Pictures taken on Shabbat

Is it considered Maase Shabbat (benefiting from someone who violated the Shabbat) if one looks online on a social media page at digital pictures taken on Shabbat?
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Does Bi'Kdei Sh'Yaasu apply beyond Shabbat? [closed]

I know that certain things are forbidden on the Sabbath and if a non-Jew does them, a Jew can only benefit from them if he waits a certain length of time. This has been covered in this question and ...