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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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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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Can one ride the train on Shabbos if no paying is required? [on hold]

The state recently allowed senior citizens to ride the rails for free but they must show, not swipe, their Senior Fare Card. Once a month on Shabbos there is a special gathering in a town too far to ...
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Is automated and robotic work on Shabbat prohibited? [on hold]

The rise of technology that can perform tasks automatically raises some questions in my mind about the extent to which it is permissible to benefit from them on Shabbat. Some outside lights have a ...
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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-...
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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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אין כערכך ואין זולתיך - a mistaken addition?

In Shabbos Morning Davening, we read: אין כערכך ואין זולתך אפס בלתך ומי דומה לך. אין כערכך ה' אלוקינו בעולם הזה ואין זולתך מלכנו לחיי העולם הבא. אפס בלתך גואלנו לימות המשיח ואין דומה לך מושיענו ...
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Under what circumstances is it forbidden to move a 'k'li shemelachto leheter' (a utensil whose purpose is for a permitted use)?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 308:4: כלי שמלאכתו להיתר מותר לטלטלו אפי' אינו אלא לצורך הכלי שלא ישבר או יגנב אבל שלא לצורך כלל אסור לטלטלו: וכתבי הקדש ואוכלים מותר לטלטלם אפי' שלא לצורך כלל:‏ ...
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Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Is it muttar for a man to go to a mikva on Shabbos? Possible factors include: temperature of water (rechitza) drying your self (schita) water heated before Shabbos / on Shabbos by a timer if the ...
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Cut-off birkat hamazon

As a complement to this question on Shortened Birkat Hamazon, I would like to better understand the practice I saw of stopping Birkat Hamazon after the fourth blessing on Shabbat and not saying the ...
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Question about placement of 2nd Shacharit Ashrei in Nusah Ashkenaz [duplicate]

This is what I have seen listed in most Nusach Ashkenaz siddurim / occur in most Nusach Ashkenaz shuls: When the Torah is read during Shacharit: On weekdays - The 2nd Ashrei is said after the Torah ...
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What's the source of a custom not to eat meat at seudo shlishis?

Recently I hosted a traveller for Shabbos meals who follows a custom of not eating meat at seudo shlishis. (He would usually eat fish instead.) What is the origin/source of this custom and how ...
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Does week starting on monday reflect in Sabbath? [duplicate]

Some countries do adopt weeks starting in Monday, whereas the weekend (Saturday followed by Sunday) is at the end of the week, making Sunday the seventh day. In Brazil, where I am from, weeks start ...
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Violating Shabbat in order to perform a mitzvah [closed]

If a person lives too far away from shul to walk and feels compelled to drive in order to attend services on Shabbat, is this permissible according to halacha?
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Keeping Two-day Shabbos in the Pacific Islands? [duplicate]

What's this I see about people in the Pacific Islands keeping two days of Shabbos? If it is true: Who, how, since when, and why?
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The Torah Commandment to keep Shabbat and how it applies to non-Jews

"Exodus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 5:14 refer to the stranger who is within your cities and both imply that he should observe Shabbat. I see from earlier questions that Shabbat is not to be kept by non-...
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Telling your pet to do melacha on shabbas [duplicate]

If I own a dog and I train it to turn on and off lights is that considered like amirah l'nochri which is assur,or telling an animal is different and would be permitted?
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Birkas Hachodesh when Rosh Chodesh is Shabbat and Sunday

On Shabbat Mevarchim, Birkas Hachodesh, a prayer announcing when the Rosh Chodesh will be, is said after Kriat Hatorah before Mussaf, containing the following line (with some variations depending on ...
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Welcoming the Mourner in on Friday Night

On Friday night, a mourner, during the first 7 days, a mourner enters shul right before the recitation of Psalm 92 (Mizmor shir l'yom hashabbat). A mourner enters the synagogue on Friday evening ...
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18 minutes after Shabbat time? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from someone that we have 18 minutes after the time listed for Shabbat to do Muktzeh. Is this true? So let’s say it says Shabbat is to come in at 7:30. Do we have till 7:48 to do muktzeh? ...
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Changing the day of Shabbos?

There are many arguments for calendar reform, one of which argues that we should set up the calendar so that every date always falls on the same day (Invariable Calendar) . If this Invariable ...
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Different spellings of 1st word in middle of Shabbat Musaph

This past Shabbat, someone in my shul showed me a difference in spelling of the first word in the middle prayer of Shabbat Musaph. Most Nusach Ashkenaz and Sephard spell it as תכנת שבת (Loose ...
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Does Kaddish for a Yahrzeit follow the day or the date?

Assuming a community where all who are eligible to say kaddish say it together: The anniversary of a relative's passing is on the 16th of Av which happens to fall out on Shabbat, which begins at 7:59....
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Is secular learning in Sabbath permitted? [duplicate]

Is learning in Sabbath permitted? Learning Tanakh is definitely permitted. But is learning say a new programming language or math theory permitted? I ask for the position of moderate Judaism (which ...
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Torah Shabbos Tisha b'Av After Chatzos

There seem to be widespread reports of an Ashkenazi custom to refrain from studying (joyful) Torah specifically after chatzos (midday) on Shabbos that falls out on the 9th of Av (see e.g. here and ...
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Is Shaving allowed in honor of Shabbat this Tisha B'Av

This year Tisha B'Av falls on Shabbat. Is shaving allowed in honor of Shabbat?
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Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Minhag Avoisenu

Rabbi SZA held (in I believe Meorei Eish) that electricity is only forbidden on Shabbos because of Minhag Avoiseinu. Double AA also says that he heard orally that Rabbi SZA held that certain ...
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A taste of shabbes [duplicate]

There is a halacha to taste the shabbes food Friday afternoon. On a shabbat which falls in the nine days (when meat is forbidden) does one taste only parve dishes or is he allowed meat at this point.
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Shalom Bayit vs. Making shabbat bread [closed]

If someone has the option to fix their marriage and save it or make bread for Shabbat (which would put fixing the relationship on hold) which one should be the priority?
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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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Time for last meal if Tisha B’Av is on Sunday

If Tisha B’Av is coming on Sunday, when or what time is the last meal for Shabbat?
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Eating two consecutive meals on Shabbat Erev Pesach and Seudah Shlishit

When Erev Pesach was on Shabbat, nearly every shul rav I have encountered has advised this procedure on Shabbat morning: Daven very early so that Shabbat davening will end before the last time one is ...
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What is the source of the Friday night Shalom Aleichem and how did it become popular?

The basis of the song Shalom Aleichem sung Friday night seems to be the Gemara (Shabbat 119b) about the two angels who accompany a person home on Friday night. This question discusses why each stanza ...
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Must one have a different suits for Yom Tov and Shabbos?

I was wondering if it was preferable to have one suit for both Shabbos and Yom Tov or to have two different suits. And can you wear Shabbos/Yom Tov suits to other occasions like Bar Mitzvahs and ...
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Is one allowed to save someone with psychological disorders on Shabbos? [duplicate]

The Halacha is well-known: in general, one violates Torah prohibitions in order to save a life. I will specifically focus on Shabbos in this question, but the question can probably be extended if I ...
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Source for preferring doing melacha which benefits sick person exclusively

I recently heard the following halacha from a talmid Chacham. He said "I remember that this is the halacha, but I do not remember the source". If one has to do a melacha on shabbos for a choleh ...
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Was Yom Kippur ever on a Sunday?

As per this answer, since the fixing of the calendar (let's say, at the time of the gemara), Yom Kippur does not fall on a Saturday night. Leon Wieseltier, in his book "Kaddish" (page 102) tells of ...
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Opening bottle on Shabbos where it will destroy letters on cap

One is opening a bottle of relish which has already been opened and closed many times before Shabbos. When he screws off the cap of the bottle, the letters that are on the cap are destroyed, as the ...
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Embarking a ship on shabbat

Ignoring questions of carrying, activating electronic devices, etc. (assuming these can be overcome), why is it not permissible to embark on a ship which is manned by non-Jews and which will sail on ...
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Watching Football (soccer) on TV on Shabbat [closed]

This Shabbat afternoon England play a massive World Cup match that is obviously being broadcast on Television. I understand that Poskim prohibit the watching of TV (without sound) on Shabbat ...