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

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Is it preferable to work on Rosh Chodesh, or on Friday after Chatzchot HaYom?

Both Rosh Chodesh and Friday afternoon are characterized as times when work is permitted, but should be minimized. If one had to choose between the two, is there any halachic preference?
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Can you work on Chol Ha'moed if you'll be fired otherwise?

According to Halacha, may Jews work on Chol Ha'moed if they will get fired otherwise? So, if not working will mean they get fired and will necessarily lose income, do rabbis give a Heter under those ...
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How Eiruv Tavshilin works and its origins [duplicate]

What is the origin of eruv tavshilin? And what is the methodology on how to apply it?
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May Jews attach or detach cup handles on Shabbat

According to Halacha is it permitted for Jews to attach or detach detachable cup handles on Shabbat or no? Would it fall into any prohibited melacha or something else?
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Is prohibited melacha on chol hamoed issur hanaah

In Halacha, if a Jew does a form of melacha that is prohibited on chol hamoed, is what is created from that melacha issur hanaah after the fact? Or no, is it unlike Shabbat and it can be benefited ...
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May Jews make popsicles or icicles on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible for Jews to make popsicles/icicles on Shabbat or no? Would it be a prohibited form of melacha such as Boneh or something or not at all? Or is this a machloket ...
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Opening metal cans on Shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is it permissible to use a can opener to open metal cans on Shabbat? Or no, would it fall under a form of prohibited melacha? If it is a form of prohibited melacha, which one ...
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A few days before Shabbat, you folded up some pre-cut waxed floss and stuck it to itself. Can you unstick it during Shabbat?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Several days before Shabbat began, you pre-cut a ...
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Removing plaque from floss: is the plaque muktzeh?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Your hand-eye coordination is not the best. You ...
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Removing plaque from floss: is this borer?

Background Flossing is okay on Shabbat, if and only if: you don't usually bleed, and the floss is pre-cut before Shabbat. (Source.) Please imagine: Your hand-eye coordination is not the best. You ...
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Putting band aids on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to apply bandages on your skin on Shabbat? Or would it involve any problem, rabbinic or biblical? Would it depend on whether you tear the band-aid’s wrapping ...
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Shabbat pedestrian crossing, and Marit Ayin

In my town, the local (non-Jewish) council, in a gesture to the Jewish community, set certain traffic light crossings to automatically go green (Walk) for pedestrians every 30 seconds or so. This is ...
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Hair spray on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to spray your hair with spray on Shabbat? Or would this fall under a form of prohibited melacha on Shabbat, potentially Boneh? If not, is there anything ...
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Opening chips bags on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to open a bag of chips on Shabbat? Does it depend on if it is a small one time bag vs a family sized bag? If not, which melacha would it fall into?
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May Jews cut extra vegetables when slicing for immediate eating on Shabbat

Halacha permits Jews to cut vegetables on Shabbat for immediate consumption, my question is, if a Jew is doing this anyways, are they allowed to cut extra vegetables (more than they are going to ...
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Can melacha be done to hear the Hakhel on Shabbat

According to Halacha, types of melacha which were necessary for the temple were permitted to be performed on Shabbat for the purpose of the Korban sacrifice and the temple operations. My question is, ...
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Frozen condensate pipe on Shabbat

During freezing weather, pipes can freeze over, which can happen to the condensate pipe of a central heating boiler. This can lead to a very cold house, as the boiler wont function like this. The ...
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Opening taped boxes on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to open taped boxes on Shabbat? Or is this considered Boneh or Make B’patish or another type of prohibited melacha? On the other hand I could see them being ...
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Is adjusting Velcro prohibited on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to put together or pull apart Velcro straps on Shabbat? Is this considered to be sewing, which is a melacha that is prohibited on Shabbat? Or is it dissimilar ...
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Is the 39 melachot concept halacha l’moshe misinai

Are the 39 categories melacha prohibited on Shabbat Halacha lemoshe misinai, or drash from the rabbis (deriving it from the juxtaposition of the Shabbat commandment to the mishkan)?
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Buttoning garment on Shabbat

Is there an issue in Halacha with buttoning a shirt or other garment you are going to wear overnight? Adjusting it multiple times over Shabbat shouldn’t be an issue, but if for example someone has a ...
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Brita water on Shabbat [duplicate]

Is there a Halacha issue regarding a brita water cup on Shabbat (namely, borer)? Would this considered be separating or no?
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Moving baby stroller on loose dirt on shabbat [duplicate]

According to Halacha, is there any issue with pushing a baby stroller over loose dirt on Shabbat? What if you don’t need the dirt and this is only going to happen anyway? Would this be any issue of ...
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Lenient opinions on handling pets on Shabbat (or Yom Tov)

I would like to know any traditional sources/responsa that provide lenient opinions on handling pets; touching them, petting them, moving them. I am not asking for personal psak, FYI, and nobody ...
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Manual clothes spinner on Shabbat

There is a Halachic prohibition on squeezing wet clothes to launder them on Shabbat, however, would a manual clothes spinner that spins clothes to dry them such as this be permissible? Does the ...
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Using a nail file on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is one allowed to file their nails with a nail file on Shabbat? Would this fit into a specific melacha that is prohibited? Source for this would be appreciated
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Folding chairs/tables on Shabbat

Is it permissible to unfold an easily foldable folding chair or table on Shabbat? Since this is easily re folded, would it still be considered under the melacha of “Boneh” or something else? If ...
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Winnow of piles with objects that just fell

If there is a pile (say of leaves), and somebody drops an object into it on Shabbat, are they allowed to throw it into the wind so they can retrieve the object they just dropped? Does the prohibition ...
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Polishing windows on Shabbat

According to this summary, there are some poskim who hold it prohibited in all cases to polish glass dishes on Shabbat, whereas some allow if one intends to use the dish on Shabbos. My question is, ...
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Weed killer on Shabbat

Is using weed killer spray to destroy weeds permissible on Shabbat? It is prohibited to reap plants on Shabbat, but to my knowledge biblically permitted to destroy something fully on Shabbat (I ...
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Playing jenga on Shabbat

Is it permissible to play the game Jenga on Shabbat? I could see an issue of building, but it would be intentionally disassembled. This is all of course in doors, so there would be no issues of ...
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Wiping spills on Shabbat

Is it allowed to clean up spills from (wood or marble) floors on Shabbat? Not polishing it, but using a paper or bath towel to wipe up he liquid. No water or soap would be intentionally used or wrung ...
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Picking snacks in a bowl on Shabbat

On Shabbat, is one allowed to pick snacks in a bowl, under the principle of being able to pick something for immediate use, or no? For example, if one has a fruit bowl with mangos, bananas, oranges, ...
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Organizing bookshelves on Shabbat

Is there an issue with organizing bookshelves on Shabbat? I could see this potentially being an issue of borer but I don’t know.
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Breastfeeding on Shabbat

Is there any halachic concern with breastfeeding on Shabbat? I believe the Chazon Ish brought down one can’t milk a cow on shabbos (which I disagree with personally), but under his logic would a ...
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Wax stripping on Shabbat

Is there a halachic issue of wax strips for hair on Shabbat? These are sticky wax strips typically placed on arms and legs which when detached pull off some of the hair I know there is a prohibition ...
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Corn cutting on Shabbat

Is one allowed to cut corn off the cob with a knife or circle cutter on Shabbat? Would it be an issue of borer? Or would it be permitted? Does it change Sephardic Vs ashkenazi?
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Can you practice art on Chol Hamoed if you do it digitally?

As I understand it, traditional writing and art is for the most part forbidden on Chol Hamoed, but typing something up on the computer or your phone is generally allowed because it's not permanent and ...
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Can I take a row boat out on shabbos/ yom tov which is within an eruv?

Over shabbos and yom tov I'll be staying somewhere which has a small lake and row boats which are within an eruv. I don't know enough about the issue to understand, is it forbidden to take out such a ...
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Using pre-cut floss on Shabbos, if the floss is likely to shred

Please imagine: You floss daily, and your gums never bleed. You've pre-cut a good length of floss before Shabbos. However: Every time you floss, the floss shreds. In such a case, are you allowed ...
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Ironing and Steaming Clothing on Shabbath [closed]

Is one allowed to iron or steam their clothing on Shabbath?
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Working on Shabbat?

Some Jews, who are otherwise very observant, work on Shabbat because their livelihood depends on it. This was more true in the days of massive immigration to the US than it is today, but I see it ...
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Non Jewish fundraiser working on Shabbos on your behalf

Motzey Shabbos and Yom Tov I saw that Shabbos morning I received a fundraising email from a certain well known (controversial) frum group . Possibly it was an automatically generated email coming ...
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Deliberately congeal fatty sauce before/on Shabbat so it can be put on the blech in the morning?

According to SA OH 318:16 sefardim may deliberately place a dish that has congealed fat onto a blech, even though it will melt and become a liquid. The principle of "en bishul achar bishul" (...
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If someone switches off a light and then switches it back on for a Jew on Shabbat

If someone switches on a light for a Jew in a dark room on shabbat, the Jew would be obligated to leave the room to avoid benefiting from the light (I won't bring up the exceptions and details here). ...
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Washing Hands With Hot Water On Shabbath

Why can’t one wash their hands with hot water on Shabbath? Is it Biblical or Rabbinical that we not do so?
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Extinguishing and Kindling Fire on Yom Tov

If one already had a pilot on prior to a yom tov beginning, and they turn the flame up or down, are they allowed to use that pilot for cooking? If they do use it to cook, are they allowed to receive ...
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Why in Beresheit 2:2 (and Kidush) we switch between מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ and מִכׇּל־מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ?

I've always had this question regarding the pasuk in Beresheit 2:2 which which we also say at kidush which says, "וַיְכַ֤ל אֱלֹהִים֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִ֔י מְלַאכְתּ֖וֹ אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֑ה ...
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Mishkan and Shabbat - did technology change?

Most of the Torah is darshoned by Chazal or the Sanhedrin as a combination of two sources: 1) Mesorah going back to Moshe Rabbeinu, and 2) the י"ג midos by which the drashos are derived. They are ...
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Chanania and perek 3 of Shabbos - if yeish bishul acher bishul

How do we “find our hands and feet in the beis midrash”? We seem to poskin that yeish bishul achar bishul for food that is ma’achal ben drusai; if so, cooking it on Shabbos would be forbidden and ...
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