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Questions tagged [melacha-creative-work]

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

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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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Benefiting from a Jew's b'mezid melacha on Shabbos

The English hakdama to the first volume of the English edition of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso states that a person who does melacha b'mezid on Shabbos is forever banned from benefiting from that ...
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Benefiting from a Jew's planting on Shabbos b'shogeg

The Preface - hakdama to the English edition of Volume 1 of Shmiras Shabbos k'Hilchaso writes that if a Jew b'shogeg (mistakenly) plants or sows a seed on Shabbos, or anything like that where some ...
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Melachot on the original Shabbat Hagadol

I have been informed, this morning, from two different sources, that the original Shabbat Hagadol was the Shabbat on the 10th of Nissan when the Children of Israel were preparing for the Exodus. They ...
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Why is making salt water prohibited on Shabbat?

I have read in a few hagadot, and I think in the OU Pesach guide that the salt water to be used for the seder must be prepared before Shabbat begins. That implied that there is some prohibition for ...
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Shouldn't each of the 38 melachos ALSO be considered “מכה בפטיש”?

It seems to me that one could argue that every melachah has an element of "מכה בפטיש" (final hammer blow/ completing an object by applying the finishing touches) to it. As OU Torah explains: The ...
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Creating songs in your head (lyrics and melodies) on Shaabath

What I've noticed is that when there is not too much to talk about with haShem, I get kinda 'hyper'. In this state I like to go a bit primal and just shout out some noises, do some clapping and stuff ...
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Does “borer” apply to people?

Let's say a group of people are sitting in a room. On Shabbat, are you allowed to categorize them into groups such as: Herding Men away from woman e.g at a Kiddush with a mechitza in Shul (normally ...
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Does the melacha of “borer” apply to “memory” cues?

I'm not sure how to phrase this question, so, here's the concept: Years ago, I went to a hotel and the waiters carried a stack of colored cards as a means to remember how many of each main a guest ...
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Animal sacrifices on Shabbat [duplicate]

Parashat Tetzaveh discusses the various offerings and sacrifices that are to be regularly given. Of these, two animal sacrifices must be enacted every day of the week: Thus you shall do to Aaron ...
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Mashgiach Working on Shabbat [duplicate]

Note: this question is posed merely to seek mekorot behind the question, since the poskim of my hashgachah have clearly ruled on this, even if I've never seen the teshuvot. As a mashgiach, I am ...
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Fruit carving on Shabbat?

There is a technique called Fruit carving, consisting on cutting food into a pleasant shape. Is it permitted to carve such things on Shabbat? (And on Yom Tov) Reflection may make a difference between ...
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Shaping liquids/foods on Shabbat

Is it allowed on Shabbat to make shapes with food or liquids for dish decoration purposes? For example: dipping a fork into a sauce and then placing the fork on the plate to make a fork shaped ...
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If one accidentally reheats some soup on Shabbos, are they allowed to eat it?

If someone left soup on a hotplate when it was off, forgetting that it was on a timer and would come back on later, can he eat it after the soup is reheated, because you can't do this on Shabbos?
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Melacha and Korbanot in the Beit HaMikdash [duplicate]

We know sacrifices were offered - in the case of burnt offerings, put on the fire- in the Beit HaMikdash on Shabbat and Yom Tov, in fact extra ("Mussaf") offerings were made on such days. In addition ...
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Is it permissible to violate Shabbos to prevent one from becoming homeless?

I have heard many times that the concept of the "hashkama minyan" in America began because frum people went to work on Shabbos in order to not be fired and feed their families, and wanted to daven ...
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Tweeting on Shabbat: d'oraita or d'rabbanan violation?

There was a dangerous situation in my community on Shabbat and I knew (from the amount my house phone was ringing and my cell phone was buzzing) that people I knew across the world would be concerned ...
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Using teabags on Shabbos [duplicate]

Is it accepted to use teabags on Shabbos? Obviously, one would have to leave the teabag in the cup (and leave enough liquid to cover it) so as not to transgress Boirer. It would also need to be a ...
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Reason for a Chanukah Minhag

Are there any authorities who suggest that the reason for the Minhag for women to avoid Melacha (creative work) while the Chanukah candles are lit is because we are worried they may come to use the ...
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Inconsiderate gentile neighbor listening to loud music on Shabbat

Suppose an inconsiderate gentile neighbor were listening to music at a fairly high volume on Shabbat, to the point that you could hear it on your own property. Would one be permitted to: A) directly ...
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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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Being in a photo on Shabbos

If someone is taking a picture on Shabbos on their phone or a digital camera - must one try not to be in the picture; does he violate anything if he specifically “photo bombs” the pic on Shabbat? Does ...
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Contradiction in Rambam's laws of Talmud Torah and Shevet Levy (end of Shmitah)

Rambam Talmud Tora 3,5 writes (my bold): "5 מי שנשאו ליבו לקיים מצוה זו כראוי לה, ולהיות מוכתר בכתרה של תורה - לא יסיח דעתו לדברים אחרים, ולא ישים על ליבו שיקנה תורה עם העושר והכבוד כאחד... "7 ...
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Are you allowed to play basketball on Shabbos? Can a boy under 13?

And yes it is an enclosed area (has an eruv) and it is not leveled to the ground like soccer.
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May one marinate fish on Shabbat?

I was viewing O.C. 321 and there are a few halachot at the beginning that mentions that one cannot salt or put cabbage in vinegar on Shabbat because it is similar to cooking. My understanding of this ...
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In a situation where אמירה לעכו"ם is permitted, how can one be sure that the person he is talking to is truly a Goy

In a situation where אמירה לעכו"ם (telling a non-Jew to do something for a Jew, which the Jew is forbidden to do) is permitted, if a person goes to a non Jew and asks him to do it, how can he be sure ...
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Who is worried about affecting a refrigerator's thermostat on shabbat?

When one opens a refrigerator door, there are two classes of effects: Immediate result - e.g. light going on, or in newer models a fan might start. This class of effects can normally be fairly ...
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Automatic lights requiring more than one person on Shabbat

If there is a (entirely hypothetical) light which turns on automatically if there are at least two people nearby, is it forbidden to walk up to someone standing underneath it on Shabbat? And are you ...
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Why does my box of Matzah say “BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV”

I bought a box of Matzah this year, and noticed, on the top, the declaration: "BOX SHOULD BE OPENED BEFORE SHABBOS AND YOM TOV" Why? The box does have perforations, but could probably be opened ...
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How do we determine what is inevitable enough to be a Psik Reisha?

Regarding a psik reisha, my earlier question focused on whether the resultant action is judged according to a standard, but I am also unclear about what determines the "inevitable" nature of the ...
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Is one allowed to wear a tallit that has writing on the collar on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

Many of the large tallitot contain writing on the atarah ("collar"). Is one allowed to unfold or fold such a tallit on Shabbat or Yom Tov? When unfolding, one is putting words together - is that a ...
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How do hotels set up for the 2nd Seder?

I had heard from several rabbanim that one is not allowed to prepare anything on the 1st day of Pesach for the 2nd day (hachanah). This includes Seder preparations. I'm curious how they do this in ...
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Affliction and refraining from work

Leviticus 23 describes some commands in regards to Yom Kippur in which it teaches us to afflict ourselves (verse 27). Although I'm familiar with most of the commentaries which teach what this '...
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Is there an obligation to work when it is not Shabbat?

related Must one "work" and "deserve" to observe Shabbat? Why don't we have to work every non-Shabbos day? Is there any source which explains that the phrase lo ta'aseh kol ...
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Shvus dshvus dshvus

I've heard that shvus dshvus dshvus (like asking a non-Jew to do a melacha drabbanun with a shinui is permissible. Is that only bidieved or lichatchilah as well? Also is it a machlokes? Please bring ...
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Can the שנים שעשו recipe be doubled?

My kid asked: I understand that if two people complete a forbidden activity on Shabas by superfluously joining forces to do a task either could do alone, they don't get the punishment one of them ...
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Parole GPS monitor on Shabbos

Someone who was just released from jail. He is still serving parole and must wear a GPS monitor around his ankle. 1) Is the GPS monitor able to be worn on Shabbos? And if yes; 2) Is it allowed to be ...
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Is Zipping Something on Shabbos Tofer?

Assuming that it is okay to "zip up" articles of clothing on Shabbos (e.g. pants), is the act of zipping not considered Tofer at all, or is it just permitted because it lacks permanence?
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Is one allowed to check their coat on Shabbat / Yom Tov?

I understand that one may not benefit from a Gentile's melacha on Shabbat if such work only benefits you (a Jew). Many shuls hire a Gentile person to take your coats, etc. They tear a ticket and give ...
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Alphabet soup on Shabbat or Yom Tov?

May one at alphabet soup on Shabbat / Yom Tov? Concerns: Alphabet noodles possibly forming words - writing? Eating letters - erasing? By comparison, I understand that if a cake has letters on it, ...
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Can I place cryptocurrency / stock buy or sell orders over Shabbos?

Is it Halachicly permissible to place buy or sell orders for a cryptocurrency / stock that might be matched on Shabbos? Example: If someone places an order for Bitcoin at $10,000, the price might hit ...
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How much can you wipe your muddy shoes on a doormat on Shabbos?

I intend to ask this question in light of all Shabbos prohibitions, including carrying (insofar as deliberately removing something may bear, retroactively I guess, on its חשיבות), as well as dosh, ...
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Explain why the “kli sheini” rule works regarding Shabbat cooking

Please excuse my weak knowledge in this area. I find the cooking laws of Shabbat quite confusing and I'd like to get a simplified understanding of it, if possible. Apparently, pouring hot water from ...
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Can one char / sear a frankfurter on Shabbat?

I'm trying to get a better understanding of the general rule that "there is no cooking of already cooked foods". Let's say a frankfurter has already been cooked (via boiling, etc.) If one puts the ...
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Is the definition of “cooking” on Shabbat specific to applying heat energy?

In college, I recall an experiment where we boiled water by reducing the pressure in a flask that contained water until the water boiled. No heat was added. Would this be considered a melacha of "...
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Can one disconnect an emergency lamp from power on shabbat?

This is an emergency torch. It is plugged on power and, in case the electricity stops, turns itself on automatically and runs on batteries for hours If power falls on shabbat, can one disconnect ...
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What's the heter to ask a non jew to fix a sukkah on yom tov

The Mishnah Berurah 637:1 says its forbidden to build a sukkah on yom tov or to fix the schach if it fell off. However, through a non jew יש להתיר, he says it's permissible. Im curious what is the ...
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May one freeze food from the 1st to the 2nd day of Yom Tov?

This article says that one may make extra food on the first day of Yom Tov to be eaten on the 2nd day, as long as he tastes from each cooked dish on the day its cooked. After tasting, does he have to ...
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May one cook extra foood on Yom Tov so that the left-overs will be for after Yom Tov?

My understanding of cooking on Yom Tov is that one may cook fresh food to be eaten that day. One may also cook extra food for the 2nd day of Yom Tov as long as he eats from each pot on the day he has ...
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Can one give a professional lecture on Sabbath?

Would it be okay to give a professional conference lecture on Sabbath? Someone told me it would be okay as long as the speaker doesn't touch the microphone or the slides computer, but that doesn't ...