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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When Friday is last day of Chag - Can you bring shabbat in early, thus taking out chag early?

For example in Israel this year the last day of Pesach is Friday. I am looking for sources that discusses bringing in Shabbat after pesach early. This would have the effect of ending pesach early - ...
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Do you drink five cups of wine when a Seder falls on Friday or Saturday?

This year the two Seders are on Friday and Saturday. My understanding (please tell me if I'm wrong) is that the normal Shabbat blessings are done before the Seder on Friday night, and the normal ...
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On A Fully-Jewish Town in Spain

I'm preparing a shiur on Golden Age Spain and their minhagim. I remember reading in a historical chronicle (which I could have sworn was the Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad HaRishon) about a fully-...
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Property Inspections on Shabbos

Hypothetically, if a Jew wanted to sell his home. Would the real estate agent be able to organise property inspections on Saturday? Notes: The Jew would not be contacted during Shabbos. The Jew would ...
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Would having a matzah encased in glass work for lechem mishnah?

I just came across the idea in a tweet of encasing a matzah in a piece of glass on a challah board to enable you to always have lechem mishnah. It was a funny idea, but that got me wondering whether ...
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Applying knowledge that was learned through breaking Shabbat

If one studies a topic on Shabbat through doing melacha, is he allowed to benefit from the knowledge he gains? For example, if one studied and practiced fixing cars on Shabbat and then did teshuvah ...
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Origin of Kiddush in Shul

I'm not talking about reciting kiddush as part of Friday night maariv. I'm talking about having a kiddush in shul. I tried researching and couldn't find anything. Does anyone know what is the earliest ...
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's trip to Moscow on Shabbat to meet Putin

I am an Italian ben Noach. We have all seen that Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett went to Moscow on Shabbat to meet Putin. I believe that, since this trip has been functional to find a solution ...
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Why do we sing Adon Olam at the end of Tefila in Shabbat whereas in regular day before it?

What is the difference between saying Adon Olam at the end of Tefila and its start? Why do we sing Adon Olam at the end of Tefila in Shabbat whereas in regular day before it?
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Gezerah Shema Yaverenu Daaled Amos- no megillah, lulav, or shofar on shabbos as a gezerah

Why is the Gezerah that maybe he will carry a lulav, shofar, megillah on shabbos for 4 amos in the Rishus Harabim? How did it get there? It should be gezerah that maybe he will take it out of the ...
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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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How will Sabbath be followed if sun burns out

Einstein's equation E=mc2, predicted that the sun will burn out of fuel(hydrogen) which it converts to helium and produces light and heat energy. Considering the event is supposed to occur after ...
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Tanakh reading on iPad on Shabbat

As I understand, Modern Orthodox Judaism forbids reading Tanakh from iPad/Kindle on Shabbat. Does Conservative Judaism allow reading Tanakh/Torah on an iPad during Shabbat?
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Questions on a story about Hillel

It is always possible to pick on even the most inspirational stories, but hopefully in doing so we end up learning something. The Talmud relates this story: Hillel the Elder worked every day to earn ...
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Using a newly created 3D printed object on Shabbos

If a 3D printer automatically started a new job on Shabbos or was already printing when Shabbos started and the print job finishes on Shabbos, may one peel off the object from the hot bed on Shabbos ...
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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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When to put on Shabbos clothes

Can someone tell me a source which says one is supposed to put on Shabbos clothes no earlier than Mincha Ketanah on Friday? Or is there any source which addresses when to put on Shabbos clothes on ...
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Why is it called 'Breaking Shabbos'? [closed]

The standard English language way of referring to חילול שבת seems to be 'breaking Shabbos'. I have not come across the Hebrew phrase 'לשבור את השבת' anywhere, which is the literal translation of '...
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Where does the teaching come from that a non-Jew studying for conversion must violate Shabbat?

I've seen the answers here that say a non-Jew may not keep Shabbat, although I would definitely take issue with the green check-marked answer there that uses Sefer Shofetim, Hilkhot Melakhim ...
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Can a person talk about past business deals on Shabbos?

Can someone ask about past business events on Shabbos? An example would be: I bought an investment property two years ago for a crazy good price because the seller just wanted to offload the property ...
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Jewish websites on Shabbat [duplicate]

Some Jewish websites shut down on Shabbat. They don't want to encourage Jews to log on on that day. Others stay open. Gentiles might want to log on and should not be discouraged. Who is halachically ...
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Have electric cars been suggested for those who respond to emergencies on Shabbos?

In a nutshell – and I know this is complicated – the Mishna says that some rabbinic prohibitions were lifted to make life easier on emergency responders after they've provided their assistance on ...
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What tool did Raban Gamliel use to determine how close his ship was to the port?

In Mishna Eruvin 4:2, Raban Gamliel tells his colleagues "I looked out from our ship just before it got dark, and determined we were already within 2000 amot of the harbor." Bartenura says ...
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If one travels the circumference of their Techum on Shabbos, do they say Tefilas HaDerech?

If one traveled the circumference around their Techum on Shabbos (about 12.5k Amos = 2π * 2000), do they have any obligation to say Tefilas HaDerech, being that they traveled more than 2.8 miles (...
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Why add Adon Olam and Yigdal Elokim at the end of Shabbat Tefila [duplicate]

Many communities sing Adon Olam and Yigdal Elokim at the end of the Shabbat Tefila evening and morning. What is the source for this minhag and why are these particular songs are added? On Shabbat ...
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Why is a word added to Yishtbach in Shabbat?

According to Nusach Sfard (Ashkenazi) the word Uvechen (ובכן) is added before Yishtabach (ישתבח). Although the content of the Yishtabach tefila is same as every regular day. What is the reason for the ...
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Does fenced-in privately owned land require an eruv?

Take a privately owned campground (not part of a national or state park) that is surrounded by a fence at least 1m (roughly 10 tefamim) tall. The campground's main gate is a typical vehicle gate -- ...
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Longest interval between readings of haftarah for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

When Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbat, a special haftarah (Isaiah 66) is read. However, in our fixed calendar certain months can never have Rosh Chodesh fall on Shabbat (Kislev, Sivan). For certain other ...
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Did Rav Hai Gaon pray maariv twice on Friday night when the tsibbur prayed before tseit hakokhavim?

According to most early decisors, the evening shema should be said after tseit hakokhavim (see mishna Berakhot 1:1 and its gemara), and the rishonim debate how to deal with a tsibbur that is praying ...
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Blech using a griddle

Is it permissible to perform shehiya using a griddle as a blech on Shabbos, where one uses the griddle regularly during the week to cook on - adjusting the flame all the time during its regular use?
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Halachically-compliant Shabbos warmers?

I understand that it halachically permissible on Shabbos to place dry, already cooked food (such as leftovers from the fridge) on a warming tray so that it will get warm. However, there are several ...
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Can one carry a pocket knife on shabbos?

If one is used to carrying a pocket knife during the week, is it ok to carry one on shabbat? For some more background, assume it is a spring-assisted or "button knife" but not generally ...
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Why we start to say Barchi Nafshi only from Bereshit Sidra?

The Ashkenazim Minhag is to say Pirkei Avot all along the summer and Barchi Nafshi after Shabat Mincha in winter. Usually the only gaps are Shabat Tshuva and Shabat Hagadol, when there is used to be ...
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fogging up glasses on shabbos

Is there a problem of nolad while blowing on your glasses to clean them, the air you 'huh' onto your glasses condenses to a fog, which לכאורה should be no different than freezing water which is also ...
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Tradition soup on shabbos

Are you allow to make (just put hot water) a Tradition soup (pre-made soup) on shabbos? Is it considered cooking? And why
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Setting up a scraping function to run on Shabbos [duplicate]

What halachic (if any) considerations are there if one has a function that is scraping a website and then populating a database with the data running over Shabbos? It will finish on Shabbos and when ...
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Leniency for depression on Shabbat?

The Talmud says: "הַמְכַבֶּה אֶת הַנֵּר מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהוּא מִתְיָרֵא מִפְּנֵי גּוֹיִם וּמִפְּנֵי לִיסְטִים, מִפְּנֵי רוּחַ רָעָה, מִפְּנֵי הַחוֹלֶה שֶׁיִּישַׁן — פָּטוּר." "One who ...
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Why do we say LeDavid Mizmor while returning the Torah at Mincha on Shabbat?

When returning the Torah to the Torah ark on Shabbat morning, our custom is to say Mizmor Ledavid (Ashkenaz, Nosah Sfard). On a regular day and on Yom Tov that is not Shabbat, we say LeDavid Mizmor. ...
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Using Chemical Heat for Food on Shabbos

What do Poskim say regarding using chemical cooking technology on Shabbos where a combination of iron, magnesium and salt with water can heat up food?
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Why are ALL Tehillim permitted to be read on Shabbat?

I’m curious why it is permitted to read/recite Tehillim “carte blanche” on Shabbat. By that I mean, why are ALL of the Tehillim acceptable? As we know, on Shabbat we are not to pray for our needs, for ...
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Which parts of Meschta Shabbos have a connection to Hilchos Shabbos in Shulchan Aruch

I'm interested in learning Meschta Shabbos אליבא דהילכתא with Shulchan Aruch. I would like to know how many pages in the meschta are relevant to Hilchos Shabbos in Shulchan Aruch. It doesn't need to ...
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Pesukim for Hilchos Shabbos

I'm looking for a list of all the pesukim relevant to learning Hilchos Shabbos. This would preferably include pesukim in Nach. The more thorough the better. It could be either in a well-known sefer ...
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Is preparing for Shabbat a Mitzvah?

Is doing general housework (cleaning, dusting) unrelated to Shabbat, but in honor of Shabbat, a mitzvah? What I mean is: there are certain things that we must do for shabbos like cook and get dressed, ...
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Benefiting from a non-Jew's labor on Shabbat

I understand that if a non-Jew performs labor on Shabbes for a Jew, the Jew cannot benefit from that labor - but what if it was performed for a group of people, only one/some of whom are Jewish? For ...
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Was the altar and the lampstand kept lit during Sabbath? [closed]

Was the fire kept burning or was it put out during Sabbath? https://biblehub.com/interlinear/exodus/35-3.htm
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Learning about Muktzeh

I am looking for online sources that explain the general laws of Muktzeh in a simple and easy manner. This doesn’t need to be in-depth, as that wouldn’t be simplified, but just an article, video, or ...
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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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Immersion for men: pool vs. mikvah

For men wishing to immerse ion Erev Shabbos, is there a benefit to going to a Mikvah that was made for purposes of tevilah, vs. using a standard pool?
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Why can't a person who's in his year of aveilus be a shaliach tzibbur on shabbos or yom tov?

Why shouldn't a person in their year of avelus be a shaliach tzibbur on shabbos or yom tov or yomim noraim?
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Amen in Birchat Hachodesh

In the Birchat Hachodesh recited on the Shabbat before a Rosh Chodesh, in the final paragraph, there are a series of (what seem to be) requests for the upcoming month. I have seen in various ...
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