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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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Beit Shammai and the Shabbos-Lulav gezeira

אֵין מוֹצִיאִין לֹא אֶת הַקָּטָן וְלֹא אֶת הַלּוּלָב וְלֹא אֶת סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה לִרְשׁוּת הָרַבִּים. וּבֵית הִלֵּל מַתִּירִין: Beit Shammai say: One may carry out on a Festival neither a minor child, nor ...
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Hiddur mitzvah for Lechem Mishneh

Is there any chiyuv in Halacha for hiddur mitzvah regarding Lechem Mishneh, or no? And if so, is the mitzvah of beautification an obligation for the bread itself (making it beautiful by braiding it) ...
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Why dip the challah in salt?

I recently saw by a Friday night dinner that the challah bread was dipped in salt a few times. Is there a specific amount of times to dip it, and why dip it in the first place?
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Responsibility for Shabbos expenses

There is a Gemara in :ביצה ט"ו which says that expenses for Shabbos are unlike all other expenses in that they are not included in the debits from one's net profit which were predetermined on ...
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Refilling a saltshaker on Shabbos

This past Shabbos I was at a house and the saltshaker was empty. I went to refill the saltshaker and a fellow told me I can not reseal the cover as it is considered a Toldah of Boneh. Is this accurate ...
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Wearing sweatpants on shabbos inside

May one wear sweatpants and a tee-shirt in the house on Shabbos or does a person have to stay in Shabbos clothing even when hanging out at home?
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Sending emails to people who will read/answer them on shabbat

Is it permissible to send an e-mail on Friday afternoon, knowing it will be answered or at least read on shabbat by a Jew? I am inclined to think that, since the alternative to someone reading/...
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Indirectly Getting Benefit from a Jew's Melacha on Shaabos

I have a very specific question: In a building where you have two doors on opposite sides both of which can only be opened from the outside electronically (from the inside you can push them open). ...
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Espresso on Shabbos... ☕ Will this method work? [duplicate]

I've come across some fully-manual espresso machines, such as Flair 58x*. Assuming one holds like Rav Moshe Feinstein where there is no bishul in a kli shlishi, and one prepared his pre-ground coffee ...
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Brushing a Pet on Shabbos

May one brush a dog or other furred pet on Shabbos? When brushing, a toothed comb — made for the purpose of brushing — is used to extract loose/shedding hairs from underneath the top layer of fur, in ...
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Boneh & Soser: Toilet Tank

Would removing and replacing the cover of a toilet tank pose an issue of Boneh (building) or Soser (demolishing) on Shabbos?
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Why can't electricity be manipulated on Shabbat and Yom Tov?

Why can't we use and change electricity on Shabbat and YomTov? By this I mean why can't we turn lights on and off? I've heard Rabbis say that its because you can't complete a circuit on Shabbat or ...
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Mixing Red and White Wine on Yom Tov

Is it a problem to mix red wine and white wine on the days of Pesach which are Yom Tov - because of the prohibition of coloring (dyeing) on Yom Tov and, if so, is there a way to mix red and white wine ...
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Is pepper spray muktzah?

Is it permitted to carry pepper spray for self-protection on Shabbos or Yom Tov mitzad muktzah? Is there any issue with using aerosols on Shabbos? discusses a machlokes of using sprays on Shabbos, ...
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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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Using a ball on Shabbos according to the Magen Avraham

The Magen Avraham (308:45) explains, that the reason for the opinion that a ball is Muktzah on Shabbos, is because it is not considered a utensil that serves a necessary purpose. Then he goes on to ...
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Tying shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan to untie them in a day

According to Halacha, is it permissible for you to tie shoes on Shabbat if you don’t plan on untying them within a day? Or no, is it prohibited and you are obligated to untie them within 24 hours?
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If a women forgot Ya'ale Ve'yavo in Mincha, does she have to daven again? [duplicate]

Per שו”ע או”ח סימן קפ”ח סעיף ח if one forgets יעלה ויבוא in bentching on Rosh Chodesh one is not obligated to bentch again, because one is not obligated to eat bread. On the other hand, on Friday ...
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Running on Shabbat when it is raining

The Tur in סימן ש"א writes: כתיב אם תשיב משבת רגליך ודרשו חז"ל שלא יהא הילוכך של שבת כהילוכך של חול ע"כ אין לו לאדם לרוץ בשבת כדרך שעושה בחול אבל אם רץ לדבר מצוה כגון לבהכ"נ ...
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Old wine for Kiddush!

People go in search for the best a.k.a. oldest wine for Shabbat but is there any halachic basis for it? Other than Oneg Shabbat? In other words, is there any halachic source for using wine that is ...
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Opening chips bags on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to open a bag of potato chips on Shabbat? Does it depend on whether it is a small one time bag or a family sized bag? If not, which melacha would it fall into?
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Putting on Band Aids on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is it permissible to apply band aids to your skin on Shabbat? Or would it involve any problem, rabbinic or biblical? Would it depend on whether you tear the band aid’s wrapping ...
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What is the disagreement between Rebbi Shimon and Rebbi Yehudah regarding muktzah on shabbos vs yomtov?

What is the disagreement between Rebbi Shimon and Rebbi Yehudah regarding Muktzah on Shabbos versus Yom Tov? Additionally, where in the Gemara can I find this?
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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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Does anyone know of any sources on the evolution of the three p'sukim added onto the end of Aanim Zmiros (Shir Hakavod)?

Looking for how, when and why these 3 verses were added. I have no sources for this and find the question intriguing. The additional three verses are [image is from Authorised Daily Prayer Book 2nd ...
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Opening glass bottles on Shabbat [duplicate]

There is a machloket amongst the Poskim whether there is an issur committed when you open plastic bottles which need to be screwed to be removed on Shabbat. Is there a different din in Halacha in ...
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Looking for a kosher hot plate for Shabbos and Yom Tov

Does anyone know of a kosher hot plate that can be safely left on for the duration of Shabbos, Yom Tov, or a 3 day Shabbos and Yom Tov and will not become a fire hazard? Every product should be and ...
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Riding the Subway on Shabbat

Assuming that there are no problems regarding paying for it (either you entered the system before Shabbat, or a non-Jew paid for you): What are the halakhic issue with riding the subway on Shabbat? (...
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Is it okay to drive a car on the Sabbath?

The Written Torah mentions little about creating a fire on the Sabbath, if I remember correctly. By starting a car, I'd think I would be starting a fire. Is a Jew allowed to do this? Why or why not?
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If a Jew accepts Shabbat early, is something new which came into existence then nolad

According to Halacha, if a Jew accepts Shabbat early, is something new which comes into existence then (when it is still before when Shabbat would naturally start) considered nolad? Or no, since it ...
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Lighting Candles when eating Out on Friday Night

If one is going out to eat (such as at a simcha), should Shabbos candles be lit at home or at the hall? I heard that some rabbis do not allow candles to be lit at the hall in the shul but instruct ...
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Why do we use the masculine form in a Shabbat greeting?

My Israeli friend explained to me that the word "שבת" is a feminine word, since the plural uses the feminine ending - it is שבתות. If this is true, why is a common greeting שבת שלום ומבורך using the ...
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Why is the name Mekom P'tur indicative of being entirely permissible?

In the introduction to Tractate Shabbat in his Commentary to the Mishnah, Rambam writes: אבל מקום פטור מותר להוציא ממנו לכל אחת משלש הרשיות ומהן אליו וזה מותר לכתחלה ולפיכך נקרא מקום פטור (Kafih ...
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What are volumes 3 and 4 of _Shemirath Shabbath_ about?

Shemirath Shabbath is the English translation of a work by Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth. The books explain how to keep Shabbat. They also explain the halacha regarding modern conveniences such as fridges ...
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When was the first Shabbas observed? [closed]

When did God introduce the concept of resting on the seventh day? Specifically , did the Avos know about it ?
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How is Tehilim Teach about The fear of G-d?

BH Hi I read in Meam Loez correct me if I am wrong, that Rebbe would say that Psalms teaches about fear of G-d. How does it teach this specifically? & Is he talking about the pshat of Tehilim or ...
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Cooking on yom tov, not on shabbas

Why are you allowed to cook on yom tov but not on shabbas? I understand that there are certain rules about cooking, but why can't we do that on shabbas?
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Practical Garuf?

I am writing an article about Garuf and Katum. According to Chazal, one can perform Garuf, which most Rishonim interpret as removing most of the coals from the fire before Shabbos. This practice was ...
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Count seven weeks or seven shabbats?

Vayikra 23:15 reads the phrase: sheva shabbatot t'miymot. Why is this rendered as 'seven weeks' and not 'seven shabbats'? On basis of what is it defined, that the meaning of shabbatot in this case ...
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When can we call a holiday "Shabbat"?

In talking about Pessaḥ, the Torah says that Shavuot begins seven complete weeks from “the day after Shabbat”. [Leviticus 23:15-16] Which Shabbat? Unspecified. The Sadducees said it’s the Shabbat ...
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Is wearing a Fanny pack considered carrying

According to Halacha, is wearing a fanny pack considered carrying or no? So on Shabbat would it be permitted according to Halacha for a Jew to wear a Fanny pack between different domains or no? Is the ...
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Vocalization of תצפה in נשמת כל-חי

In various siddurim I have seen the word תצפה—near the end of the Nishmat prayer of Shabbat and Yom Tov—vocalized as either תְצַפּה or תִצְפּה. Which is correct in this context? (Thanks to Joel K for ...
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What are some good modern-era books on Hilchos Shabbos in Hebrew?

Looking for something late 20th Century or later: Shmiras Shabbos Kehilchasa Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos Others? (What did R' Shimon Eider write?) How do the above compare? Others you'd suggest? This is ...
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Opening champagne on Shabbat - untwisting the metal

Somewhat related to this question. (Open bottles shabbos) In order to open champagne bottles one first has to untwist the metal tie. "Everybody" seems to open champagne on Shabbat - and the ...
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A blessing on an incomplete Mishnah bread on Shabbat

Is it permissible to make a blessing on Shabbat on an incomplete loaf of bread? And in the event that it looks outwardly complete but is actually incomplete, is it allowed? For example, the Challah ...
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Should an Orthodox Jew give up on their dreams if their dream job involve the possibility of having to work on Shabbat?

If Judaism is a religion about living a fulfilling and meaningful life, then is following your dreams a Jewish value when it may conflict with Shabbat? For example, if someone’s dream is to be an ...
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Why is Psukei Dezimra in Yom Tov the same as Shabbat?

Why is Psukei Dezimra in Yom Tov the same as Shabbat? Why isn't there a difference in the Psalms (Nusach Sfard, Ashkenazi)? Some of the additional Psalms, in comparison to Yom Chol, include ...
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Wedge in between toes on shabbos

One of the common ways to treat an ingrown toenail is to place a small rubber or plastic wedge in between the toe that is infected and the next toe to give it space and not apply pressure on the ...
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Is there any reason to have lechem mishnah when eating cake?

I heard that there's an inyan to have lechem mishnah even when eating cake. Does anyone know of a source for this?
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Reading secular books on shabbat?

Which prominent halakhic authorities permit (or forbid) the reading of secular books, magazines, and newspapers from Friday evening until Saturday nightfall? Why? Is it uvda dechol? What if it is ...

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