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Questions tagged [shabbat]

The seventh day of the week and a day of rest. Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to Yom Tov and Shabbat.

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Mourners by Kabbalat Shabbat

Is there a source that says that someone has to be with a mourner at all times from when he is asked to leave the shul before Lechu Neranena. As I understand the shamash/ warden asks him to leave and ...
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Why Skip Kabbalas Shabbos on Yom Tov?

In my experience among all Ashkenaz shuls across America, it seems we skip Kabbalas Shabbos when shabbos falls out on Yom Tov. Where did this come from and why?
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A better way to warm up food on shabbat morning

When warming up food on a hot tray on shabbat, most poskim do not allow one to put the food directly on the hot tray, but rather insist on a plate or inverted pot or pan be placed on the hot tray and ...
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A poor person, Chanukah candles v. Shabbos candles, and selling clothing to buy candles

Although one who cannot afford Shabbos candles is not required to sell his clothing to fund them, one who cannot afford Chanuka candles is required to sell his clothing. (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 671.) ...
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Can children build tents on Shabbos?

I know that there's a problem of boneh to build tents on Shabbos. Does anyone have advice for my kids who love tying sheets between their beds?
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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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Reading video reviews on Shabbos [duplicate]

For example the book "Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies and Videos," wherein are listed movies and videos and short descriptions and reviews of said movies and videos. Would it be permitted to read ...
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R' Avraham Yossef on step counters on Shabbos

R' Avraham Yossef in his radio program "Shamor veZachor" today (8 Kislev) was asked if wearing digital watches with step-counters is permitted on Shabbos. He replied and I quote: "because of the fact ...
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Would it be mutar to be implanted with a microchip and leave it in over shabbos?

A few years ago a swedish company started implanting employees with rice-sized microchips in the backs of their hands. An american company followed suit. the chips can open doors, grant access to work ...
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Odd flow in shacharis of Shabas [duplicate]

The central benediction of the morning amida prayer on the sabbath reads as follows (in loose translation): Moses… stood before You on Mt. Sinai. He brought down [from the mountain], by hand,...
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Different Smart/Sport Watches on Shabbat

I looked at some of the other smartwatch threads, and being that they were older, they don't cover the following two cases: Hybrid Smartwatches Sports watches First the assumptions / definitions I ...
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Is softening a linen garment the end of the laundry process and therefore forbidden on Shabbos (Shabbos 140a)?

Shabbos 140a. Rav Safra permits softening a laundered linen shirt. (Translation and elucidation of the Gemoro below according to Sefaria) - original is: מיסתמיך ואזיל רב אחא בר יוסף אכתפיה דרב נחמן ...
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Pikuach nefesh vs. muktzeh on Shabbat

I am reading the memoirs of a rabbi, who spent roughly 10 years in the United states in the '50s and the '60s. He claims that after the Kennedy assassination the atmosphere was so strained that he was ...
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Men making Kiddush for women after eating at shul

Women and men are both equally chayiv in kiddush, at least on shabbos. Additionally there is a commonly known rule that a non obligated person (or obligated on a lower level) cannot fulfill a mitzvah ...
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Is a subway station Reshut Harabim or Reshut Hayachid? [duplicate]

Is a subway station considerd a Reshut Harabim or Reshut Hayachid?
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What is the source for touching the Sefer Torah by Birkat Hachodesh?

I have seen in many shuls where people touch the Sefer Torah during Birkat Hachodesh. Is there a source for this Minhag?
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Challah on table while reciting Shabbat kiddush

We are always careful to have the Challah in the Shabbat table when we are going to recite kiddush Friday night (covered of course). Where is this requirement noted? And is it also required on ...
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Picking up kippah that blew off on shabbat in karmalit

A kippa has blown off someone's head on shabbat in an area without an eruv. The kippa is now on the ground. How should one respond? Would the same apply to dropped gloves or key belts etc. Pick it up ...
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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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Reciting Psalm 145 three times a day without minyan

As it is commonly known, Berakhot 4b praises the person, who says Psalm 145 three times a day. We do it by reciting Ashrei in the morning as a part of Pesukei dezimrah (Orach Chayim 51:7, Mishneh ...
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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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Difference between Halperin and Tzomet switches?

I am reading about the various so-called Grama and other Shabbat switches developed in Israel for use in hospitals and security situations. It seems that there was one solution created by Rabbi ...
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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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Moving a bag containing a Muktzeh item during Shabbat

What is the halacha for a bag that contains a Muktzeh item on Shabbat while containing other non Muktzeh items? Can the bag be moved? Example: a Tallit bag that contains a bag with Tfillin inside and ...
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TV from Israel on Shabbos [duplicate]

If one owns a restaurant that features news from Israel, can he allow that to be on on Friday afternoon when it is Shabbos in Israel? In other words if a Jew may benefit before Shabbat from mealcha ...
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Tankless Water Heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov

I have been trying to understand the issues with tankless water heaters on Shabbos and Yom Tov. (The simple description of how this works can be found here and here). I found this answer on Mi Yodeya ...
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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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Mizrachim saying Avinu Malkeinu on Shabbat

I would like to turn around these two questions. We saw that it is problematic to ask personal requests on Shabbat, and certain verses of Avinu Malkeinu correspond to the blessings of the weekday ...
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Why should a הערמה be allowed and what are the guidelines for its use?

Gemoro Shabbos 139b speaks about cases of הערמה translated below as “artifice” or maybe “cheating”. The scholars said to R. Ashi: See, sir, a Rabbinical disciple. whose name is R. Huna b. Hiwan — ...
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Getting a shot on Shabbat to prepare one to save a life after Shabbat

Related Can we violate Shabbos to inject a vaccine? This is not a current situation, but reflects a real set of circumstances that does actually happen. Assuming (as the linked question does) that ...
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Why is Yismach Moshe in the Shabbat Amidah?

On Shabbat morning, the fourth Amidah blessing includes Yismach Moshe: "Moshe rejoiced in the gift of his portion: That You called him a faithful servant. A crown of splendor You placed on his head ...
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Opening a business on Shabbat with a non Jewish partner

Let's say me and John the non-Jew are partners in a business owning 50 percent each. Can I... tell John that as far as I'm concerned we'll close on Shabbos but if he wants to keep the business open (...
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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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What criteria determine what is or isn't Uvdin Dechol

I am struggling to understand the concept of Uvdin Dechol, where it originates from and how far it extends to. We famously dont ride bikes / electric trams on Shabbos partly due to Uvdin Dechol, but ...
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Why ask guest to make kiddush?

In my limited experiences in Baltimore and Lakewood, it seems hosts often ask guests if they would like to "make their own kiddush." Is there a reason why guests wouldn't want to be yotzei with the ...
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Conductivity of living things and Shabbat

If electricity is banned on shabbat, how does a person deal with the problem of the body being a conductor? When I hold a person's hands, it creates a circuit. If I let go of their hands then I have ...
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Why not include the second Sefer Torah for Aliyah #7 when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat in Israel?

This question mentions that in Israel, when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat, Vezot Habracha is divided into 7 aliyot, followed by Chatan Torah and Chatan Breishit. I'm curious as to why they don't make ...
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CPAP on Shabbat

What is the halacha for using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea, that must be used daily, on Shabbat? A CPAP machine for sleep disorders obviously would be switched on before retiring to bed and off ...
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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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Listening to Music on Shabbos

Would there be a problem with leaving my MP3 player on speaker for Shabbos so I can enjoy listening to some sweet Jewish tunes throughout the day?
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Animal in excruciating pain on Shabbos: What lenient opinions exist?

Are there any respected poskim who would permit killing (with a shinui) a bug or other small creature who is clearly suffering terribly on Shabbos? If not Shabbos, what about Yom Tov? If not killing,...
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Is it permitted to call the police on Shabbos if you come across a dead person?

Violating the Shabbos in a case a life threatening situation is a mitzvah (Yoma 84) However what if one comes across a dead person on Shabbos. Normally one would report this to the police. However on ...
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Making a Slurpee/Slushee on Shabbos?

Although this might be the same question as making ice cubes on Shabbos, is it permitted to make a Slurpee/Slushee on Shabbos using the following method: a specialized ice-pack is left in the freezer ...
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Musical Performances and Shows on Shabbat

There is a musical performance with free admission on Shabbat with, presumably, no Jewish performers. Can one enjoy it without violating Shabbat prohibitions? Or will this be benefiting from someone ...
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Buying online on friday

Can you buy something from a large online retailer (eg Amazon), which employs non-Jews, on Friday if it has one-day shipping? This would force someone to do the work of mailing/transporting the ...
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Shalom Zachar on Pesach Night

Rav Heinemann mentioned during a shiur that there is no shalom zachar on Pesach if shabbos is the night of the seder. Although practically having one would be very difficult, why is this night ...
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Torah prohibition of Shofar on Shabbos Rosh Hashanah?

The Torah says Rosh Hashanah is a יום תרועה, a day of shofar blasts, and זכרון תרועה, a remembrance of shofar blasts. This seems like a contradiction. The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 29b) suggests that the ...
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Is there a minhag NOT to say “Mi Sheberach” for the ill on a weekday Yom Tov?

My shul has some "strange" minhagim that I haven't seen elsewhere. They reserve reciting the prayer for the ill for Shabbat and "regular" weekdays but will specifically not recite it if a Yom Tov ...
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A Jew hired a worker to work for him on Shabbat, forgetting that he’d be working on Shabbat. What should he do?

Suppose someone hires a worker through an online intermediary such as Fiverr to do a discrete project, such as building a website, and inadvertently sets the deadline for project completion to Shabbat,...
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Calling up more people to the Torah to ensure seven Shabbat observers

R Avraham Yosef (the son of R Ovadia Yosef) recently said on his weekly radio program that, in his synagogue, he always call up 10 people on Shabbat to ensure that at least seven of them are Shabbat-...