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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Why was the Shabbat goy ever permitted?

The Code of Jewish Law specifically allows using a Shabbat goy when it comes to heating a house in extremely cold weather, because it may be a matter of life or death, in which case most commandments ...
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Leaving a phone perpetually on on the Sabbath

I have never been sufficiently religious to understand everything on this site without help from friends or family, but a question was asked by a non-Jewish friend that I was unable to answer, so I'm ...
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Why is there room to allow for riding a bike on Shabbat, but not playing a musical instrument?

As I understand prohibition of both is under the basis that it could lead to them being repaired. However there are poskim that consider riding a bike permissible. Why would it be okay to ride a bike ...
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Why isn't burning the limbs considered the melacha of cooking?

In Yevamos 33b, the gemarra is trying to figure out what part of the Temple service would constitute a Shabbos violation if a non-Kohen were to do it. The gemarra suggests throwing the animal limbs on ...
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When does the prohibition of Melacha start for men?

On Friday evening, does the start of shabbos, i.e., no longer the ability to perform melacha, begin at candle lighting (let's say 18 minutes pre-sunset as that's that standard minhag in America) or ...
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Mazikim on Shabbos?

To begin with, in Hilchos Shabbos Siman 267 the Shulchan Aruch mentions the change in the blessing of Hashkivanu that we don't say 'Shomer Amo Yisroel' because as the Mishna Berura points out Shabbos ...
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Chatam Sofer on Tenth of Tevet falling on the Shabbat

Abudarham argued that should we not use a calculated calendar and should Tenth of Tevet fall on the Shabbat, we would be required to fast instead of postponing it. He learns this from the common ...
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If someone calls from the US to Israel right before שבת, so there is מלאכה being done in א"י (phone ringing) where it's already שבת, is it a problem? [duplicate]

The פעולה of the מלאכה is being done where it's not שבת yet, but the תוצאה of that פעולה is being done where it is already שבת. There's a similar question regarding the איסור חמץ before פסח. There I ...
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How can the festives related to reaping be held in Sabbath Year?

I was recently studying the law of Sabbath Year and I wonder how can the festives related to reaping be held in those years when it is forbidden to reap.
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Why do rabbinical fasts which start on Erev Shabbos still end at tzeis hakochavim if we are forbidden from fasting on Shabbos?

Why do rabbinical fasts(i.e. all fasts apart from Yom Kippur) which start on Erev Shabbos still end at tzeis hakochavim if we are forbidden from fasting on Shabbos?
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Probabilistic artificial intelligence on Shabbat

I have coded machine learning algorithms and have seen a number of posts about artificial intelligence such as Alexa or a system that monitors movement to turn on ventilation in rooms that are entered....
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Why doesn’t מזמור שיר ליום השבת mention Shabbos?

The song of the day for Shabbos is מזמור שיר ליום השבת. Yet it doesn’t seem to mention Shabbos at all! Why is this? Also, why does this Tehillim refer to a specific day of the week at all?
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Does a vegetable oil that is used for Shabbos lamps need a hechsher?

Does a vegetable oil that is used to light the Shabbos lamp need a hechsher? I am talking specifically about extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
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Does a melocho done after tzeis hakochavim but before havdoloh count as a melocho d'oraisa? [duplicate]

A person lights fire to cook after tzeis hakochavim but he has not made havdoloh yet or said ato chonantonu or boruch hamavdil. Would lighting fire in this case count as a melocho d'oraisa or d'...
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Is a baby born on Shabbos Muktza as Nolad?

Is a baby born on Shabbos Muktza as Nolad until the end of Shabbos? I mean, he is quite literally Nolad - born on Shabbos. I understand that anything that the baby needs would would obviously be Mutar ...
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Havdalah before the proper time [closed]

The Gemara Berachos 27b talks about making havdalah before the end of Shaabos: רַבִּי יֹאשִׁיָּה מְצַלֵּי שֶׁל מוֹצָאֵי שַׁבָּת בְּשַׁבָּת: אוֹמֵר הַבְדָּלָה עַל הַכּוֹס אוֹ אֵינוֹ אוֹמֵר הַבְדָּלָה ...
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May one transfer from one reshut hayachid to another?

It is forbidden to transfer on shabbat between a reshut hayachid and a reshut harabim, or 4 amot in a reshut harabim. Additionally, the Rabbinical law of eruv forbids transferring from houses into an ...
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Is a utensil used for chillul Shabbos considered non-kosher?

If a Jew cooks on shabbos, the Shulchan Aruch OC (318:1) says המבשל בשבת [או שעשה א' משאר מלאכות] [טור] במזיד אסור לו לעולם ולאחרים מותר למ"ש מיד - One who cooks food on Shabbos [or performs any ...
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How to observe Shabbat on Mars

Inspired by this question. The Martian day is 24 hours, 37 minutes long. After approximately 39 Martian days, 40 days have passed on Earth. As a Martian colonist, should I rest every seventh Martian ...
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Hoshanos on Shabbos

Do congregations say "hoshana" before and after every phrase in the hoshana said on Shabbos, just as they do on weekdays?
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Why do we need to state 2 reasons not to cry out?

During the mi shebeirach for cholim we insert the reason that we temper our cries. On Shabbat, we say "shabbat hi miliz'ok" (the Shabbat forbids us from crying out) and on Yom Tov, we say &...
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May you use an electric baby swing in Shabbos?

Is it allowed on Shabbos to place a baby in and out from a battery operated swing that is designed to swing itself. Of course the switch is turned on before Shabbas. Maybe it’s the same as going in ...
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Can someone help translate this Trumas HaDeshen?

I am looking for any sources that give a reason why we should stay away from politics on shabbos or yomtov. I found this from the Trumas HaDeshen 61, but I am having a tough time understanding. Would ...
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watching a live video being taken on shabbos [duplicate]

can I watch a live video from a place that its still shabbos (its not shabbos for me but it is for where the live video is), for example USA and eretz yisroel?
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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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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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