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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Shabbat Candle Lighting

SHEMIRATH SHABBATH by Rav Yehoshua Y. Neuwirth ZT”L is, in my opinion, THE supreme, most authoritative English guide to the Halacha (and more!) of Shabbat and Yom Tov. I do have a question in ...
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Does Techum Shabbos apply vertically?

If I'm at the base of a ladder that ascends beyond 2K amot is the top of the ladder outside the techum or is techum only on a horizontal plane?
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Shabbos Candles That Went Out On Shabbos - Relighting Them After Shabbos

I have heard that some have the custom to relight after Shabbos any Shabbos candles that went out on Friday night. What is the source for this custom if any?
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Drawing on Shabbes: product recommendation?

I have two young children, one of whom (aged six) loves drawing. Sadly, she often professed to hate Shabbes, given that she cannot draw for the entire day, and I have been looking for a kosher ...
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If I arrive late to a shabbos meal, do I need Lechem Mishneh, or can I rely on the others?

If I arrive late to a shabbos meal, and the others at the meal have already made Hamotzi on Lechem Mishneh, when I join them and wash for bread, do I need Lechem Mishneh of my own as well? Or can I ...
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Based on Tehillim 92, would playing נֶבֶל not violate Shabbat?

Does Tehillim 92 validate our ability or the specific mitsvah on Shabbat to sing praises “with speech upon a harp”? | If it’s already tuned what’s the error (to not fix a string if it breaks)? In the ...
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On what day(s) of Pessach which are not the weekly Shabbat are Shabbat rules to be observed?

During the Pessach week, some days are occasionally referred to as a Shabbat. On which day or days are the 39 Melachot to be observed even if they don't fall on the weakly Shabbat?
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Can I leave an air hockey table on for shabbos and use it?

If I leave an air hockey table on from before the sabbath, would it be permissible to use it?
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Reasons to permit milking cows on shabbos

I was listening to a history class on the Chazon Ish, and it discussed his strong opinion that it is forbidden to milk cows in a beneficial way on Shabbos. Either it has to be done through a non-Jew, ...
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Where is the Hasagat Haraavad on Internet?

Rambam Shabbat 4.1-2 about the Din of Hatmana. The Rishonim cite an Hasaga of the Raavad, but it's not in the Sifre Rambam. I found it here ראב"ד א"א מעולם לא נראו ולא נשמעו תהפוכות כאלה ...
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What if someone needs to paint on shabbat because it helps them from life threatening depression? Art Therapy

I heard shabbat can be violated if it's to save a life, such as in cases where a doctor needs to heal a patient. But what if it's an licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Art therapist? Let's say ...
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Can a blech be placed on a stove on shabbos?

If a person forgot to put a blech on the stove, can he do it on shabbos? Sources would be appreciated.
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Enforcing car free Shabbat

Personally, I really enjoy in Israel that religious neighbourhoods block car traffic on the Shabbat. (I mean by legal means and road signs as well.) It is much of a relief after the chaos and the ...
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A non observant Jew cooks on Shabbos does that treif the kitchen and utensils?

If a non-observant Jew lives in an observant home and cooks on Shabbos in the kitchen. Would that make the kitchen and utensils treif? Or would he make the kitchen treif by warming up already cooked ...
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Why did rebbi Yishmael Ben Elisha as a Kohen Gadol want to bring a "Chatos Shmeina"

The Gemara in Shabbas 12b writes as follows אָמַר רַבִּי יִשְׁמָעֵאל בֶּן אֱלִישָׁע: אֲנִי אֶקְרָא וְלֹא אַטֶּה. פַּעַם אַחַת קָרָא וּבִקֵּשׁ לְהַטּוֹת. אָמַר: כַּמָּה גְּדוֹלִים דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים ...
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Mevushal kol tzorko - what is it for meat?

We poskin (OH 318(4)) that the law of cooking on Shabbos continues until solid food passes מאכל בן דרוסאי, and reaches מבושל כל צרכו - "completely cooked". What does "completely cooked&...
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Can a therapist heal on shabbat?

I read that the laws changed where doctor's can heal on shabbat because of Macedonians on the Sabbath killed one thousand observant Jews. But how about when it comes to mental health? Can a therapist ...
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Wearing black on Sabbath

On the Sabbath it is a custom to wear white. Is it fine to wear black underwear on Shabbath, as long as your outer garment is white?
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Hand expressing mother's milk on שבת to upkeep supply

The Shulchan Aruch או"ח סימן שכח סעיף לד ו-לה rules that a woman is not allow to hand express milk into a vessel in order to feed an infant from it. She is allowed to hand express into the ...
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Where is the Shabbat desecration in the following excerpt from "Ethics from Sinai"?

In "Ethics from Sinai", his brilliant, three-volume treatise on Pirkei Avot, Reb Irving M. Bunim Z”TL writes the following in his commentary to Perek VI, Mishnah 7: “So the Talmud tells how ...
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Asking for melacha on second day Y"T vs. during early Shabbos

If one makes an early shabbos, one may ask a Jew who has not yet accepted shabbos to do melacha for him (based on this answer and its sources). I would assume that, all the moreso, one could benefit ...
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Can one consume a triboluminescent food-substance on Shabbos?

May one consume a food exhibiting triboluminescence on Shabbos? Triboluminescence is where light is created from a material being crushed, rubbed, or ripped apart. When foods are infused with very low ...
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Is one culpable for transgressing shabbos if he is having a mental breakdown

Over the years I've heard and seen people who were smoking on shabbos, but I noticed they were clearly having a mental breakdown. I would say maybe even outwardly displaying suicidal emotions. Are ...
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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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