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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Index cards/flash cards on Shabbat

Are there any halachic considerations regarding using index cards/flash cards on Shabbat? This may involve going through the pile, quizzing myself, and sorting the cards into different piles. For ...
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Using hearing aids on the sabbath?

I know a little bit about Judaism and a fair amount about hearing aids. I have been asked about the rules regarding the usage of hearing aids on the sabbath and I have no idea. In particular, the ...
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Extending Shabbos that precedes Tisha B'av

Is it permitted to purposely extend Shabbos to Sunday night when Tisha B'av is observed on that Sunday? We see that regarding Jews traveling near the international dateline, there are Poskim who said ...
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If Earth stopped rotating, would we keep Shabbos?

A hypothetical question, but perhaps nonetheless illustrative of underlying principles : If by some method, humanity [or some non-human force] managed to stop the rotation of the Earth around its axis,...
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Shabbat 9 Av: Marital relations vs Torah study

Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah 400:2 rules that a mourner observes the private mourning practices of shiv'ah on shabbat. This includes not engaging in marital relations, not washing in warm water and not ...
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War of Sichon & Og Erev Shabbos?

The Talelei Oros (Bamidbar 31:23) quotes the Satmar Rav (Kuntros Chiddushei Torah on Avos) who says the war of Sichon & Og took place on Erev Shabbos and ended just before Shabbos in order to ...
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Shabbat Belt - is 2 belts acceptable under the following circumstances

A Chabad rabbi told me that even though I wear a normal belt, I can wear a secondary shabbos belt in the following way. I grab the back 2 tzitzit and bring them around and over the front 2 tzitzit and ...
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Who is the Sabbath made for? [duplicate]

The Ten Commandments tells the Israelites that they and all creatures within their house shall observe the Sabbath, even "...the stranger within your gates." Does Elokim not own this entire Earth? ...
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Why do women wave their hands in front of the Shabbos candles before making the bracha? [duplicate]

There seems to be a widespread custom among women to wave their hands in front of Shabbos candles before making a bracha on them. I have never seen men do this when lighting the Shabbos candles. Why ...
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Sources discussing Trick Candles

Are there any rabbinic sources which discuss whether one can blow out a "trick candle" on Shabbat? I see issues related to m'chabeh but also possibly mavir, but because the intent is not to relight, ...
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Do slaves owned by jews observe shabbat (day of rest)?

To my understanding it is a commandment of God that those who live among jews observe Shabbat. Historically, slaves owned by jews must have lived among them. Does Gods commandment apply to slaves, if ...
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Desecrating Shabbos to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient?

Can you desecrate Shabbos by sending a letter/leaving the Techum to ask a Gadol to daven for a patient whose life is in immediate danger?
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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 Reform Ger participate in Chabad programming?

My family has been invited to participate in Chabad programming. I know that the Orthodox do not consider me to be Jewish as I am a Reform convert, but my wife and daughter are Jews through ...
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Why are the angels enjoined to leave at the end of “Shalom Alechem”? [duplicate]

Shalom Alechem, sung before the Shabbat Eve meal, concludes with: Tzetchem leshalom -- depart in peace. Why are the angels specifically enjoined to leave before the meal begins? I have heard that,...
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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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Is it permitted to turn off a time switch on Shabbos?

On a time switch (timer), there are generally two options: one which will ignore the time switch and let the current flow, and one which activates the timer. In the case where the switch is on the ...
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Shabbat: Electric Apartment Door in Doorman Building

Let us say a person lives in an apartment building where the apartment doors (door to the apartment itself) are fitted with electronic locks. The building has a 24-hour "concierge" doorman (non-...
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Ein Kamocha on Shabbat

Before the Ark is opened on Shabbat, we don't just say "veyahi b'n'so'a ha'aron" as we would on a weekday. We begin with Ein Kamocha. The Artscroll siddur (I don't have the page number handy) explains ...
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Forgot chonantanu after already making havdalah over wine

If one made havdalah over wine before praying maariv, and then in maariv he forgot to say chonantanu and has already completed shemoneh esrei, would he have to repeat shemoneh esrei?
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Why is there no havdallah when going from Yom Tov into Shabbat?

When Yom Tov begins on Motza'ei Shabbat, havdallah is included in the Yom Tov Kiddush. However, when Shabbat follows a Friday Yom Tov, there is no Havdallah included in the Friday night Kiddush. Why ...
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Was there always a beracha for Shabbat candles? [duplicate]

The wikipedia entry for Shabbat Candles says that: The first record of the complete text of the blessing is from the Siddur of Rav Amram, written by Amram Gaon in the 9th century. He then ...
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Taking ADHD medicine on Shabbos (ex: Adderall/ Ritalin)

Following on the heels of recent questions "Why restrict medicine on Shabbos?" & "Is clinical depression medication allowed on Shabbos?" Is it permitted to take ADHD medicine such as Adderall/ ...
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What is the Halacha of establishing one's home at the onset of Shabbos?

If one cannot make it home, I heard there's a din that one sets his place where they are now upto 2000 amot. What's the source of this? What if I'm in the back of a car?
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Is one allowed to continue riding in a vehicle driven by a Gentile on Shabbat?

In reading this answer, I understand that there is no concern with riding on Shabbat. Let's say that you are driving your car before Shabbat and you have a Gentile passenger. You won't reach your ...
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What is תיקון שבת

I have Bencher which includes a section called תיקון שבת. It just seems to be all of משניות שבת. What is the idea behind תיקון שבת?
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When Bnei Yisroel travelled in the midbar, what happened on Shabbos?

When Bnei Yisroel travelled in the midbar, what happened on Shabbos? Did they encamp on erev Shabbos and journey after Shabbos or did they continue journeying despite the laws of Shabbos? If they ...
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Extending gezeirot about melacha to other activities

I feel like this is too obvious even to ask (or that it is a dupe...) but here goes: If we do not use already ground medicine on Shabbos for fear that we might come to grind medicine, then why can we ...
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Why restrict medicine on Shabbat? [duplicate]

The Shulchan Aruch [OC 328:1] says: Someone who has a mere bad feeling, but he strengthens himself and walks around like a healthy person, it is forbidden to do any healing for him, even by nonJews,...
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Is someone who has clinical depression allowed to take an antidepressant on Shabbos?

It’s my understanding that there’s two main categories of non-life threatening illnesses: מיחוש בעלמא, “average pain,” and נפל למשכב, one who is so sick that he’s unable to get out of bed. The former ...
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Pikuach Nefesh on Shabbos priorities: efficiency vs transgressions

When in a life-endangering situation on Shabbos, what takes precedence - efficiency or amount of transgressions? For example: in Jerusalem, one can call an Arab taxi driver and wait for 5-10 min or ...
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What is the Jewish view of “work”?

What is the mainline Jewish view of "work"? (1) Work is an just an option for those who have enough money to live on. The Torah may say "Six days shall you labor and do all your work", but none of ...
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Old fashioned telephone vs. Uber App on Shabbos

From Rabbi Moshe Heinemann: Riding to the Hospital A woman need not spend Shabbos/Yom Tov at a location close to the hospital or arrive at the hospital before labor starts to avoid riding on ...
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Plural form of shabbat - is it ever shabbatim?

I am curious if the word shabbat שבת has ever taken the plural form of shabbatim? I had a dream about this word. In this dream, it was used in a spoken two word phrase with "shabbatim" being the ...
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Melave d'Malka on Motze Yom Tov

Is there an obligation to have Melave DMalka on Motzei Yom Tov like Motzei Shabbos? (Question is based on the Rambam (Shabbos 30:5), who includes the obligation of Melave dMalka with Kovod Shabbos: ...
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Why not wear tefillin on Yom Tov according to Rabbi Akiva? [duplicate]

The Gemara (menachos 36:) quotes an argument why we don’t wear tefillin on shabbos: דתניא (שמות יג, י) ושמרת את החוקה הזאת למועדה מימים ימימה ימים ולא לילות מימים ולא כל ימים פרט לשבתות וימים טובים ...
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Why was the calendar not arranged so that Yom Kippur never falls on Shabbat?

Our Sources give the impression that Shabbat is the holiest of the yamim tovim. On Shabbat, we rest, eat and drink of the best, sleep, rejoice, have sex with the spouse, wear nice clothes, etc. It ...
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Writing/drawing in the sand on Shabbos

The Mishnah (Shabbos 12:5) rules that writing in the sand is permitted: כָּתַב בְּמַשְׁקִין, בְּמֵי פֵרוֹת, בַּאֲבַק דְּרָכִים, בַּאֲבַק הַסּוֹפְרִים, וּבְכָל דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ מִתְקַיֵּם, פָּטוּר ...
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May an electrolarynx be used on Shabbat and Yom Tov?

From this site: An electronic larynx (electrolarynx), is a battery operated machine that produces sound for you to create a voice. There are many different makes and types, but they are usually about ...
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Carrying Pistol License on Shabbat

Situation: you are licensed to carry a concealed pistol. You live inside an eruv. You choose to carry your pistol on shabbat. What is the status of the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) ID card? Can ...
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Auctioning off Kibbudim in Shul [duplicate]

Question: what are the halachic permissabities and downsides to shul auctions for Kibbudim on Shabbos and Yom Tov?
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Having a twitter bot post on shabbat [duplicate]

I am programming a Twitter post to post once a day pre-written tweets. I currently don't know how to prevent it from posting on Shabbat. Is a twitter bot posting on Shabbat permitted?
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Why the lack of hesitance to wear pads on the sabbath?

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 301:13, and commentaries state that if a woman wears something only in order that her clothes don't get dirty from her menstrual blood, then that thing is not considered ...
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Writing with dry erase marker on Shabbos, is it permitted?

Trying to figure out if I can use a dry erase marker for recreation and then erase whatever I wrote. Is this allowed?
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Can you eat food that has been bought on Shabbos by guest?

If you live in a house with people who do not keep Shabbos and you all have dinner, and a guest or someone else living in that house brings kosher food for dinner bought on Shabbos, can a Jew eat that ...
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Pinhole Camera on Shabbos

I read somewhere that one of the reasons you can't take pictures on Shabbos is because of the melacha of Kotev/Writing. Does this also apply to a pinhole camera which does create a temporary image ...
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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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Why are there two different versions of the Decalogue?

Why are there two different versions of the Shabbat commandment in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5? In Exodus 20 the Shabbat recalls the cosmogony in six days, but in Deuteronomy 5 the Shabbat ...
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Honoring parents - before and after Shabbos

In the Decalogue (Parashas Yisroh): Keeping Shabbos is called Zachor (positive Mitzvah) It precedes Honoring parents Honoring is a positive Mitzvah (כבד). In Parashas Kdoshim it says the "opposite" ...
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Baby brought from beyond the techum on Shabbos

If a baby was brought from beyond the techum on Shabbos, would that baby be muktzeh God forbid, or would it be permitted to carry it because a living thing carries itself.