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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Do any poskim say one can rely on the Vilna Ga'on's position of benefiting from a Jew's shogeig melacha on Shabbos?

The Mishnah Berurah rules that only in a time of need can one rely on the Vilna Gaon's ruling that the halacha follows Rebbe Meir in allowing one to benefit from a Jew's shogeg melacha on Shabbos. Do ...
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Jew b'shogeg on Shabbos cooked food on one burner, and thereby heated food in a pot on the burner next to it

A Jew b'shogeg cooked grilled cheese by lighting a burner under a pan on Shabbos. He meant to do it and knew it was Shabbos, but he didn't know the penalty for it, which is s'kilah God forbid. So it ...
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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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Putting out a housefire on Shabbat

I understand the prohibition of extinguishing fire on Shabbat. My question aims specifically towards an emergency situation where one's property or life is in danger. It clearly states in the Mishnah ...
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May one combine drink mix powder with water on Shabbos?

For example: making iced tea or punch with a powdered mix such as this one. This is different than the question of preparing coffee or tea as it does not involve heat.
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Piece of grape juice frozen at the top of the grape juice bottle

A piece of frozen grape juice is stuck at the top of a bottle of grape juice, making it impossible to pour the grape juice. Is one permitted, on Shabbos, to poke the frozen piece of grape juice with ...
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Eruv Chatzeiros for apartment buildings for weeks that the eruv goes down

If someone lives in an apartment building with other Jews, do they need to make an eruv chatzeiros (in short: have shared food stored somewhere to make it considered as though they all live there ...
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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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Secondary reason for shortened Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos?

The main view for why we shorten the Shmoneh Esrei on Shabbos is that we do not want to focus on the mundane, but rather the holiness of the day. However, I do remember hearing that the other reason ...
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If one vowed to fast for a set period of time, would he continue at sunset after Shabbat?

So say someone had vowed to personally fast for a certain amount of time, and a portion of this time overlapped with Shabbat. Now it is known that we are forbidden from fasting during Shabbat, except ...
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Did Rabbis in the Shtetl dip their shoes in water to travel on Shabbat?

Edit: I was informed that this is found in one of Sholem Aleichem's books. If you could help me figure out which one, I would appreciate it. I heard from someone I know that back in the Shtetl, Rabbis ...
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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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Determining Reshus Harabbim if a street is not busy on Shabbos

If a street has 600,000 people travelling on it during the week, but on weekends it does not since people aren't working, is it considered a Reshus Harabbim? Do we say that just because there are 600,...
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Pillow that has a zipper muktzeh on Shabbos? [closed]

If a pillow contains a zipper, would that pillow be muktzeh on Shabbos, and if not, would the zipper itself be muktzeh on Shabbos, even when it is attached to the pillow?
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How to determine Sabbath day in the Jewish calendar?

I'm trying hard to understand it by reading the internet, but still I fail to elaborate what is in my mind as I am still unable to understand it. First, I would like to propose the things I know about ...
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On Shabbat, can one pour out oil from the top of peanut butter?

After peanut butter sits in a jar for a while, the oil separates and floats to the top. Is one permitted to pour out this oil on Shabbat? I'm concerned this might be borer, because this could be ...
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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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Asking a monetary Shaila on Shabbos

Is it Mutar to ask a Rav a monetary Shaila on Shabbos (assuming your are not merely asking for the sake of Torah, but the Shaila is actually relevant practically)?
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Shabbos Using rotating bezel on a watch

One may not measure on Shabbos. Measuring time is also not allowed. May one use a watch that has a rotating bezel, to time?
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Operating a mechanical calculator on Shabbos

Are mechanical calculators Mukzte on Shabbos? Would it be considered a form of measuring? Mechanical calculators have no electric parts. Everything is purely mechanical: If it is considered measuring,...
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Do these tissues have 4 or 5 rabbinical certifications?

In the image below: Rabbinical ishur (certification) of the suitability of the facial tissues. Certification that they are not made from recycled seforim (which probably means that the paper is non-...
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Can an Orthodox doctor ask a not-yet-religious Jewish doctor to take his shabbos rounds?

Can an Orthodox doctor ask a not-yet-religious Jewish colleague to exchange Shabbos hospital rotations?
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The Aruch HaShulchan (and others) bring down (from פסוקים) that “Shabbos is a ברכה for the entire week”. What does that mean on a Practical Level?

I didn't understand the Aruch Hashulchan's intro to the laws of Shabbos, then of course we see it echoed in davening "כי היא מקור הברכה". My question is NOT Why is Shabbos a "sign" ...
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What is the source to forbid Toldos תולדות?

There are times that Torah gives specific "examples" of what is forbidden (e.g. 39 melachos given via a reference to the actions done in the משכן or through other means; Or The Torah ...
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No need to say 13 Ikkarim on Shabbos

Some people have the custom to recite the 13 Ikkarim, The Thirteen Principles of Faith, every day. A condensed version of them appears as the "Ani Ma'amin"s usually printed in a standard ...
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Does Hashem judge on Shabbos?

I was just reading a Devar Torah which said "Hashem does not judge human beings on Shabbos." I feel like I've heard this before but I'm wondering if this is true. Does anyone know of a ...
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Conversion on Shabbos

Can a person who is converting can he do the conversion on Shabbos? Is there problems of tevillah ( is this considered a tevillah shel Mitzvah) and Circumsion( are geirim like 8 day old baby)?
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Screwing on the top of a sippy cup on shabbos

Is one allowed to unscrew the top of a sippy cup on Shabbos, the top of the sippy cup containing the straw, dump out the water, put new water in the sippy cup and then screw the top back on, or would ...
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Taping the Light on a Freezer

For people who don't use electricity on Shabbos, what do you do with the freezer light? With the fridge, it's easier because I can just tape the notch that controls the light, but with the freezer, it'...
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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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Benefitting from melacha after shabbos [duplicate]

If someone purposefully shut a door to a fridge on shabbos with the light still on, is that person allowed to benefit from the food that may have gone bad, had the door remained open throughout ...
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Could you operate and live on a modern sail boat on shabbos?

I was just wondering is there are any issues with using all the rigging and sails and steering of a modern sailboat on shabbos? Also, would there be any other issues with living on a modern boat on ...
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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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Pushing a buggy on grass on Shabbos

When and how is person chayav on shabbos for ploughing. For example is a woman with a buggy allowed to push it on the grass, or can she not. The problem for ploughing is that you need to have a intent ...
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What is Shabbat Treat and what is its Hebrew equivalent? [closed]

I found Jewish people use the phrase "Shabbat Treat". What does it mean and what is the origin of this phrase. Does it have any connection to Torte cake? What is the Hebrew word/s equivalent ...
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Why specifically a fig on shabbos?

Why is a dried fig specifically the quantity one must carry to be liable on Shabbos? I would have thought the size of something functional - an olive, egg, or even a barley corn - would be the ...
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Why is וַיְהִי בִּנְסעַ the minimum Sefer Torah size?

The gemara in shabbos with regards to saving scrolls says that the scrolls has to 85 letters, the gemara says it has to be the same as וַיְהִי בִּנְסעַ if it has 85 letter you can save it. Why ...
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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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On Shabbos, if someone asks you who you are going to vote for for President, are you allowed to say?

On Shabbos, if someone asks you who you are going to vote for for President, are you allowed to say? Or would this be forbidden because it is talking about doing something after Shabbos which you are ...
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Should we prevent a chumra in the laws of Shabbos that exceeds the normal understanding?

The halacha is that generally a keli shelishi does not cause bishul. The Chazon Ish says that a keli shelishi (or revii) above yad soledes bo does cook those things that are kalei habishul. A ...
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Israeli on Shabbat-second day Yom Tov fulfilling locals' obligation

I'm having a hard time constructing this hypothetical so I apologize if it feels forced or if the underlying halachic question could be generated more gracefully. If an Israeli woman is being housed ...
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Magnetic Word Games On Shabbos

Is a magnetic version of scrabble permitted to be played on shabbos? Generally, Scrabble is not considered writing (although there may be other problems if you usually write while playing) but ...
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Why is Shabbos called shabbos bereishis?

I have found in multiple sources that Rishonim refer to Shabbos as shabbos bereishis, and it is clear from context that they are referring to the weekly Shabbos as opposed to Shabbos of Creation. For ...
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Can I receive paid holiday from employer on Shabbat, even though I have not actually worked?

Is there a contraindication to receiving holiday pay on Shabbat, where I have booked it off so as not to work Shabbat ?
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Can one volunteer to be put in a situation which will require breaking shabbos?

I know that pikuach nefesh, saving a life, can push off Shabbat (which I understand to mean, can excuse breaking rules on Shabbat). If I am one of a group of Jews who could do the life saving, should ...
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Warm food on Shabbat day during Mishnaic and Talmudic times

In looking over the laws for keeping food warm over Shabbat, I began to wonder how things practically played out during the times of the Mishna and Talmud. Given that an oven could only be used if the ...
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At what point in Shabbat morning prayers can one stop and make kiddush?

Would any point after the Shacharit amidah, and before the very end of Mussaf with aleinu, be inappropriate for kiddush Shabbat morning? Would one be allowed to make kiddush before alenu or the ending ...
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Musaf for Rosh Hodesh Shabbat

Something that has puzzled me for decades, and I'm reminded of it during holidays and rosh hodesh-shabbat: Why (except for the first line) is the beginning rubric for the mussaf's "sanctification of ...
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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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