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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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Can you handle a battery-powered handheld clock on Shabbos?

This battery-powered handheld clock that has alarm clock and stopwatch features, would such a clock be muktzeh on Shabbos, even if one turned off the alarm clock feature before Shabbos?
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Can an electric steamer with a timer be used to cook raw food on Shabbat?

Can one use an electric steamer with a timer to cook a meal for Shabbat lunch? If one puts raw food on the device and sets a timer before Shabbat for it to be activated on Saturday and start the ...
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Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam?

Which Rishonim held of shkia/tzeis according to the zman of Rabbeinu Tam? Ive heard the Shulchan Aruch (rishon/acharon) held of it, did he pasken like for starting shabbos?
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Can one follow Rabbeinu Tam time for beginning Shabbos?

Does anyone today follow Rabbineu Tam time for the beginning of Shabbos? Reading some tshuvas (e.g. Eretz haTzvi) it is clear this was widespread in Europe. If one has previously been accustomed to ...
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Inviting non-Jews to a Shabbos meal - practical considerations

What are practical guidelines or tips to have in mind when hosting a non-Jew on Shabbos? Examples would be explain to them they shouldn't touch the lights, e.g., in the bathroom making sure they don'...
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Making up Shabbat morning torah reading [duplicate]

If a place did NOT gather 10 people on Shabbat morning service, do they have to make up the Sedra reading? And if yes, when?
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Carrying the Torah around

When the Torah is taken out and is being carried around songs are being sung. I would like to know which songs exist for this part of the service and where I could find traditional tunes for those ...
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Child and Lights on Shabbos

Can you put a child who is not yet old enough to understand (lo higyah lichinuch) Shabbos in front of a light switch in order that he or she turn the light off or on? Is there a difference between the ...
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Is it permissible to get a toddler to push an electrical button on Shabbos? [duplicate]

Am I allowed to manipulate a 2 or 3 year old to turn on or off a light on Shabbos? Or to turn on or off the air conditioner or heater? If allowed, how direct can I be in manipulating the toddler to ...
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Eating frozen dinner warmed by non-Jew on Shabbos

Cruise offers kosher airline meal type meals for daily lunch and dinner. Is it halachically permissible to eat if warmed up by non-Jew on Shabbos (presumably with microwave)? I assume that warming ...
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What is considered “a case of need” when it comes to violating a double rabbinic prohibition?

A shvus dshvus (rabbinic prohibition on top of a rabbinic prohibition) is allowed במקום צורך (in a case of need). But what is considered במקום צורך? And is a shvus dshvus allowed for anything besides ...
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Order of Chanukah lights and havdalah

When I was leading the conclusion of the Shabbat service yesterday, I asked someone to light the Chanukkah candles, who asked me if we rather did havdalah first. I know that in a synagogue setting we ...
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An example of doing something for no reason [duplicate]

I see that on Shabbos it is forbidden to move a utensil (with the exception of books and food (brought in the next sif)) for no reason. But what does that mean (no reason)? Examples (sources) If a ...
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Israel News internet postings originated on Shabbos

On Friday afternoon in the U.S., am I permitted to click on a news site from Israel which I presume is maintained by Jews in Israel and continually updated by them, even on Shabbat (e.g., Jerusalem ...
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Where can I walk with an eiruv techumin?

How does an eiruv techumin work (assuming I live in a city): 1) I put my eiruv within 2000 amos of my house and I can walk throughout the city, and in 2000 amos in any direction from my eiruv 2) I ...
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Putting food into a cli sheini on Shabbos

We know that a food that is a "davar yavesh" (dry) that was already cooked (in a cli rishon) before Shabbos may be put into a pot of hot water (even a cli rishon -- so long that it is on the fire) on ...
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Tevila :How to bring to mikva water urn [duplicate]

How do you tovel a shabbes coffee urn without damaging it
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Why are certain melachot permitted on Shabbat for food purposes and others not?

I'm relaying this question from my son... Tearing is a melacha. But, as far as I understand, one may tear open a food bag (like a bag of chips) on Shabbat. Yet, one may not cut between the letters ...
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Is the pipe which drains water out of the air-conditioner unit a Bossis L'davar Assur, because the water in it is Nolad B'shabbos?

Is the plastic pipe which drains the condensation water out of the air-conditioner unit a "Bossis L'davar Assur, because the water inside it is Nolad B'shabbos? If the whole pipe is either vertically ...
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Does HaShem need rest?

Why did HaShem create Shabbos? He doesn't need rest!
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10 Menuchas in Shabbas Mincha prayers

The middle bracha on Shabbos at mincha reads (Nusach Ashkenaz) אתה אחד ושמך אחד, ומי כעמך ישראל גוי אחד בארץ, תפארת גדלה, ועטרת ישועה, יום מנוחה וקדשה לעצמך נתת, אברהם יגל, ויצחק ירנן, יעקב ובניו ...
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Heating cutlery to help it function better?

What potential Halachic issues might there be (if any) with heating a knife on Shabbos or Yom Tov to help it cut through a frozen cake? The heating could be accomplished in a number of ways, ...
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Challa knife - Non serrated

Recently I met someone who told me there are those that specifically only use a non serrated Challa knife at the Shabbos meal. I was wondering if there is a source that discusses this and what is the ...
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3 meals on shabbat?

I've seen a few questions on this site relating to meals on shabbat, but I believe my question is unique from them. At the shul I go to for shabbat, they eat one bread meal in Friday night, and one ...
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Mincha torah reading before a chag

What Torah reading should be read the Shabbat afternoon before a holiday, like the Shabbat afternoon before Sukkot, or the Shabbat afternoon before Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur? Thanks..
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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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Ingesting premixed medicine for recreational purposes on Shabbos

Can one ingest usually-medicinal substances for recreational purposes on Shabbos? As a concrete example, consider a pill of Tylenol with codeine (or codeine itself). A person would like to enhance ...
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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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Tweeting on Shabbat: d'oraita or d'rabbanan violation?

There was a dangerous situation in my community on Shabbat and I knew (from the amount my house phone was ringing and my cell phone was buzzing) that people I knew across the world would be concerned ...
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Number of Candles at Lighting

How many candles should one light on Erev Shabbos and Yom Tov? And why that number?
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Minimum food on the Sabbath

What is the minimum food a person needs to eat on the Sabbath? (I have an interest in water fasting, which means not consuming anything but water for days or weeks. The power of the fast depends on ...
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An “Aveil” at Shabbat Mincha

An aveil (mourner) does not practice public aveilut (mourning) on Shabbat (Ketubot 4a), though he is still in aveilut and there is some impact on what he can and can't do. Would the presence of an ...
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Can a “brain controlled” prosthetic be used on Shabbat?

New prosthetics are controlled by brain waves which seem to make the prosthetic an extension of the body in an "organic" way, in that we control all of our own limbs through the same brain waves and ...
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What are the time parameters of “pikuach nefesh” on Shabbos?

This article says: Any procedure which is necessary to perform for the patient, but it is clear that it does not at all need to be performed on Shabbat, should be delayed until after Shabbat. How ...
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Shabbos morning amidah - wrong biblical text - what to do?

Do the works of halacha say what to do if in the Shabbos morning amidah after: יִשמַח משֶׁה בְּמַתְּנַת חֶלְקוֹ. כִּי עֶבֶד נֶאֱמָן קָרָאתָ לּוֹ.כְּלִיל תִּפְאֶרֶת בְּראשׁוֹ נָתַתָּ. בְּעָמְדוֹ ...
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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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Amirat goy on Shabbat in regards to electricity

Since many poskim hold that not using electricty on Shabbat is just a Minhag (Rav SZ. Aurbech), would they hold that it is 100% ok to ask a non-Jew to do things with electricity for you?
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Amira Lakum: say you can't say?

One is not allowed to tell a non-Jew to do a melacha on shabbas, but one can hint and say "it is cold in here", hoping he will realize and shut the air conditioner. Is one allowed to explain to the ...
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Stopping gentile from doing borer on Shabbos

Consider the following situation. A shul makes a large Kiddush every Shabbos morning after Davening. They have many food items that need to be prepared and set up for the Kiddush however the ...
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Amira L'Akum not on Shabbat

One may not ask a non-Jew to do an action on behalf of the Jew if the action is assur on Shabbat (a gross over simplification, I know). This would constitute Amira L'Akum (or Nochri). Is there a ...
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Can a gentile work for a Jew on Shabbat?

There is a rabbinic decree that a Jew may not ask a gentile, right before Shabbat, to do work for him because he might do it on Shabbat [Gittin 8b]. But in the Mishna [Shabbat 1:8] Hillel allows it, "...
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Is there a minimum amount of time for Shabbat candles to stay lit?

Most wax Shabbat candles that I have seen tend to stay lit approximately 4 hours. Some, I've seen stay lit closer to 6 hours. Is there a reason as to why these candles last for that time? Can one use ...
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Oil in Shabbos Candles Caught Fire - What to Do?

My wife recently switched from using wax candles to oil in glass cups when lighting for Shabbat. The cups were about half water, half oil. She put some floating wicks in and lit them the way she ...
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Blessing children via a shaliach

Can blessing the children friday night be done via a shaliach if a child is away from home for Shabbat?
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Beracha and Kedusha referring to the generation of the desert

Rashi in his commentary on Bereishis 2:3 explains that the beracha of shabbos is in the future when the mannah fell during the week and an extra portion fell on Friday and kedusha is also in the ...
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Does one say “hoshana” after every verse in the “Nation Protected” hoshana said on Shabbos?

The word "hoshana" is said before and after every verse in the weekday hoshanas. Is this also the case in the "Nation Protected" hoshana that is said on Shabbos, found on page 736 in the Artscroll ...
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Water heaters on shabbos and yom tov

I was looking into buying a more efficient water heater, and was dismayed to discover the significant halachic issues surrounding tankless water heaters (https://www.star-k.org/articles/kashrus-...
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Why do we still stand at Vayevarech Dovid on a Shabbos and/or Yom Tov?

Many have the custom to stand at Vayevarech Dovid. The reason behind this minhag is because many give tzedakah at this point, and it is proper to stand while doing a mitzvah. With this being said, why ...
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Returning tabletop that fell off on Shabbat

At the shul we have simple tables with metal frames (a rectangle with 4 legs) and wooden tops, screwed to them with 4 screws per table. Eventually, all 4 screws of one table loosened up and the ...
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Can photos be put in frames on Shabbat?

Can one put photos in plastic frames that have either swiveling plastic latches or soft metal bending latches that open the back and let a photo be placed between the glass and the back without glue?