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Commonly refers to 39 categories of activity that are forbidden on Shabbos & yom tov.

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Can a blech be placed on a stove on shabbos?

If a person forgot to put a blech on the stove, can he do it on shabbos? Sources would be appreciated.
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Enforcing car free Shabbat

Personally, I really enjoy in Israel that religious neighbourhoods block car traffic on the Shabbat. (I mean by legal means and road signs as well.) It is much of a relief after the chaos and the ...
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Mevushal kol tzorko - what is it for meat?

We poskin (OH 318(4)) that the law of cooking on Shabbos continues until solid food passes מאכל בן דרוסאי, and reaches מבושל כל צרכו - "completely cooked". What does "completely cooked&...
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Asking for melacha on second day Y"T vs. during early Shabbos

If one makes an early shabbos, one may ask a Jew who has not yet accepted shabbos to do melacha for him (based on this answer and its sources). I would assume that, all the moreso, one could benefit ...
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Is one culpable for transgressing shabbos if he is having a mental breakdown

Over the years I've heard and seen people who were smoking on shabbos, but I noticed they were clearly having a mental breakdown. I would say maybe even outwardly displaying suicidal emotions. Are ...
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Closing an oven door on shabbos

On Shabbos, if an oven contains a pot of fully cooked food, may one open and close the oven door? Two potential issues that I can think of it - 1) similar to the question of opening and closing a ...
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Carbonating fruit on Shabbos

May one perform either of the following actions on Shabbos or Yom Tov? Placing fruit into a bin with dry ice, and closing the bin to force the carbon dioxide to sublimate into the fruit Connecting a ...
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Can one take a lateral flow test on Shabbos?

DISCLAIMER: This is just halacha-theory and not searching for a p'sak Would taking a lateral flow test on Shabbos be absolutely forbidden due to the melacha of tzoveya - dyeing? After taking the swab ...
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Early Shabbos Amira lakum

If a Jew made early Shabbos, I see the mechaber in OC 263:17 says that one may ask a Jew to do melacha for him (assuming he did not accept Shabbos yet). Would the same hold true of asking a non-Jew to ...
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Melacha explicitly in the Chumash

How many, and which, melachot of shabbos are explicitly mentioned in the Chumash? For example, I know the Chumash mentions not making a fire; is this the only example of such or are there more which ...
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If one steps on an insect on Shabbos and the insect is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, then is one allowed to kill it?

If one steps on a cockroach on Shabbos and the cockroach is then mutilated to the point that it will surely die, is one then allowed to kill it? Is it allowed to kill the cockroach because essentially ...
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Melting Chocolate bombs on Shabbos?

Is there an issur to melt hot chocolate bombs on Shabbos? Is it nolad?
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Does a melocho done after tzeis hakochavim but before havdoloh count as a melocho d'oraisa? [duplicate]

A person lights fire to cook after tzeis hakochavim but he has not made havdoloh yet or said ato chonantonu or boruch hamavdil. Would lighting fire in this case count as a melocho d'oraisa or d'...
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Can someone else turn on my computer on Shabbat/yom tov using Wake-on-LAN

Let's say I am not Jewish, and I have a bunch of Jewish people in an apartment building on one big LAN. During Shabbat I want their computers to all turn on at a specific time so I send a WOL message ...
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The reason of Tiltul in Shabbath

I remember to have studied a Tosefot where it is written that it is very hard to understand why is forbidden to transport something on Shabbath (Tiltul). Somebody can tell me where is this Tosefot
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Adjusting a crutch on Shabbos

What would be the halacha with regards to adjusting brand new crutches on Shabbos. Most modern crutches come with pins (see picture below) on either side which when pressed down can slide into the ...
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Reason for dispute if chilazon has a melacha of trapping

The gemarra Shabbos 75a seems to say that someone who traps a chilazon violated the melacha of trapping on Shabbos. Tosafos brings the Yerushalmi (7:2, 52a) that says that one doesn't violate the ...
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Garbage collection on Shabbos

Inspired by this question... The local council require a fee for the collection of certain refuse. In certain cases there are those who have a bin with all their garden waste that is picked up once a ...
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Is not protesting tantamount to intentionally doing something -- ramifications

If a Jew sees another Jew about to do an aveira (chas veshalom), and knows that if he speaks in a certain way to protest the action, the other Jew might listen to him, but doesn't do so, is he liable ...
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Death penalty for Shabbos violation, how can it be?

How does beis din ever put anyone to death over a Shabbat violation, what is stopping the defendant from simply saying “it was a melacha she’aino trizcha legufo” or “it was a Davar sheino miskaven” ...
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Does casting metal entail a melacha (assuming it's already liquid)?

The Torah says to cast gold rings when building the Mishkan. Obviously you'd have to do the melachos of extinguishing to make charcoal, burning to then ignite said charcoal, and cooking to liquefy the ...
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Does knitting on Shabbos constitute avos melachos other than weaving?

I'm used to the illustration with a loom showing the melachos involved in weaving: Mesach (loading the string), Oseh Shtei Batei Nirim (loading the harness), Oreg (weaving), Potzea (un-weaving). ...
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Can I text a non-observant Jew when it is still Shabbos for them? [duplicate]

Can I text a non-observant Jew living in a different time zone, when it is still Shabbos for them? I know there is a high likelihood he will read the text on Shabbos and reply - is there any halachic ...
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Why is the use of indoor plumbing allowed on shabbos? [duplicate]

Use of indoor plumbing on shabbos involves moving water or waste from/to public and private domains, which could involve a biblical prohibition of hotzoa. Why is this allowed on shabbos?
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May one tell a Gentile to drive his car immediately before Shabbat?

During a recent Shulchan Aruch lesson, I learned that one may not tell a Gentile tailor immediately before Shabbat to fix a suit that he will need immediately after Shabbat, as this is clear that he ...
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Why is using an umbrella forbidden on Shabbat? [duplicate]

Several rabbi's have told me that one is prohibited from using an umbrella on Shabbat because one is "constructing a shelter". Assuming they've used the correct reasoning, I'm not following it. I ...
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Why are certain melachot permitted on Shabbat for food purposes and others not?

I'm relaying this question from my son... Tearing is a melacha. But, as far as I understand, one may tear open a food bag (like a bag of chips) on Shabbat. Yet, one may not cut between the letters ...
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Can a gentile work for a Jew on Shabbat?

There is a rabbinic decree that a Jew may not ask a gentile, right before Shabbat, to do work for him because he might do it on Shabbat [Gittin 8b]. But in the Mishna [Shabbat 1:8] Hillel allows it, "...
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Tying and untying knots on Shabbos & Yom Tov [duplicate]

Someone tied a garbage bag with a double knot (due to distraction by talking) on Yom Tov. He then quickly opened the top knot as if to "undo" the melacha. A) Did he transgress "tying"? B) Did he ...
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Composing religious songs and melodies on Shabbos [duplicate]

"Shiru laHashem shir chadash..." "Mizmor shir leYom haShabbat" Recently on Shabbat I put together some notes in a pleasing order, and used it as a zemer at our table. A guest was concerned that I was ...
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Why is turning on a faucet not considered molid or boneh?

As has been discussed in many questions on this site, halachic authorities generally agree that the use of electricity is prohibited on Shabbat, but some differ in their analysis of why. (There is ...
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Does Shabbat desecration have a "time duration" factor?

One of my friends told me that when Kvish Shesh - "Tollway rte. 6" in Israel was completed, there was some concern about cars driving on the road on Shabbat. The CEO of Derech Eretz, the company that ...
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Tying double knot of garbarge bag

I remember seeing in a Shu"t that one is allowed to tie a double knot of something that will be going into the garbage since one doesn't care about it. Has anyone seen this opinion anywhere. I do know ...
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Can one extinguish Shabbat candles after dark if you a worried about an animal knocking it over and causing a fire?

If one lit Shabbat candles before dark, had them burning during dinner, and now wants to go to bed, but is worried that a cat or a dog might knock them over and cause a house fire; is it permissible ...
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Heter to Work on 9 b’Av But No Bracha

Shulchan Aruch 554:23 says one is permitted to work even before chazot if he will lose money. 554:24 says he will not see a siman bracha from that work. Why would the mechaber go out of his way to ...
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Sources discussing Trick Candles

Are there any rabbinic sources which discuss whether one can blow out a "trick candle" on Shabbat? I see issues related to m'chabeh but also possibly mavir, but because the intent is not to relight, ...
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Is it permitted to turn off a time switch on Shabbos?

On a time switch (timer), there are generally two options: one which will ignore the time switch and let the current flow, and one which activates the timer. In the case where the switch is on the ...
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Is one allowed to continue riding in a vehicle driven by a Gentile on Shabbat?

In reading this answer, I understand that there is no concern with riding on Shabbat. Let's say that you are driving your car before Shabbat and you have a Gentile passenger. You won't reach your ...
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Extending gezeirot about melacha to other activities

I feel like this is too obvious even to ask (or that it is a dupe...) but here goes: If we do not use already ground medicine on Shabbos for fear that we might come to grind medicine, then why can we ...
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What is the Jewish view of "work"?

What is the mainline Jewish view of "work"? (1) Work is an just an option for those who have enough money to live on. The Torah may say "Six days shall you labor and do all your work&...
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Writing/drawing in the sand on Shabbos

The Mishnah (Shabbos 12:5) rules that writing in the sand is permitted: כָּתַב בְּמַשְׁקִין, בְּמֵי פֵרוֹת, בַּאֲבַק דְּרָכִים, בַּאֲבַק הַסּוֹפְרִים, וּבְכָל דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ מִתְקַיֵּם, פָּטוּר One ...
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May an electrolarynx be used on Shabbat and Yom Tov?

From this site: An electronic larynx (electrolarynx), is a battery operated machine that produces sound for you to create a voice. There are many different makes and types, but they are usually about ...
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Rabbinical definition of "a clean and easy profession"

רַבִּי מֵאִיר אוֹמֵר: לְעוֹלָם יְלַמֵּד אָדָם אֶת בְּנוֹ אֻמָּנוּת נְקִיָּה וְקַלָּה, Rabbi Meir says: one should always teach his son a clean and easy profession. (Mishna Kiddushin 4,14). The ...
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Writing with dry erase marker on Shabbos, is it permitted?

Trying to figure out if I can use a dry erase marker for recreation and then erase whatever I wrote. Is this allowed?
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Pinhole Camera on Shabbos

I read somewhere that one of the reasons you can't take pictures on Shabbos is because of the melacha of Kotev/Writing. Does this also apply to a pinhole camera which does create a temporary image ...
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Boreir by non-food items? [duplicate]

Rabbi Avrohom Davis' translation of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch has a footnote on the boreir paragraph in the chapter on melachos forbidden on Shabbos that says that the majority of poskim rule that ...
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Dimmer Lights on Yom Tov

On Yom Tov, we are allowed to adjust fire (i.e. change the strength of the stove) so long as we do not completely turn the stove on or off. Therefore, if a room’s lighting has a dimmer switch, would ...
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Could there be permission to write software on Chol Hamoed?

Is it permissible to write computer software code on Chol Hamoed?
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Watering flowers or vegetable on Chol Hamoed

The first mishna in Moed Katan delineates limitations on agricultural work that may be performed on the less sanctified intermediate days of a festival (chol hamoed). The Shulchan Aruch (OC 537) ...
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When to do the dishes- Yom Tov starting at Motzei Shabbat

Passover brings an interesting quandry this year- we go through a great many Kosher for Passover dishes at the Lail Pesach seder on Friday night, and then have a couple of meals on Saturday. Given ...
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