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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Does the Minhag to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka

Does the minhag (Ashkenazi Nusach Sfard) to say Barchi Nafshi after Shabbat Mincha in winter include Shabbat Chanuka? Are there any Shabbatot that the minhag is not to say Barchi Nafshi? According to ...
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Using a nail file on Shabbat

According to Halacha, is one allowed to file their nails with a nail file on Shabbat? Would this fit into a specific melacha that is prohibited? Source for this would be appreciated
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Folding chairs/tables on Shabbat

Is it permissible to unfold an easily foldable folding chair or table on Shabbat? Since this is easily re folded, would it still be considered under the melacha of “Boneh” or something else? If ...
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Winnow of piles with objects that just fell

If there is a pile (say of leaves), and somebody drops an object into it on Shabbat, are they allowed to throw it into the wind so they can retrieve the object they just dropped? Does the prohibition ...
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Halachicly sound ways to bookmark on Shabbat

I would like to know if there are any ways people are using to bookmark/highlight what they are learning on Shabbat, so they can come back to it after Shabbat to make notes etc. Putting in a bookmark ...
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Is it permissible to carry around an air tag or tile tracker on shabbos?

Assuming you were within an eruv would you be able to carry around a tracker? You do not turn the device on and off but it can communicate with other tracking devices as you walk.
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Hilchos Shabbat shiurim recommendation

Does the community here have any recommendations for podcasts, blogspots, shiurim apps/websites etc. that cover Hilchos Shabbat? Particularly I’m looking for something that is English, understandable ...
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How long must you benefit from shabbos candles [duplicate]

For example if a woman lights candles and wants to go somewhere. How long should she sit in the glow of the candles and benefit from them to be considered benefiting for Oneg shabbos. The ideal is to ...
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Earning money on Shabbat for permitted behavior?

If somebody gets a Heter from a rabbi or posek to do something on Shabbat that is normally forbidden for pikuach nefesh (such as being a police officer, firefighter, etc.) are they allowed to earn ...
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רִבּוֹן כָּל הָעוֹלָמִים אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת אֲדוֹן הַשָּׁלוֹם - source of this Shabbat prayer

Here is its entry in the open siddur project. The open siddur project demonstrates that the claim that this was composed by Rabbi Joseph of Rashkow, Posen can't be true as it is found in the siddur ...
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Acoustic gramophone on Shabbat

Is it permitted to play an acoustic Gramophone on Shabbat? An acoustic gramophone is a non electric device that plays disc records by having them rotate under a point.
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Normative Shabbat prohibitions in Jewish Renewal

The Shabbat restrictions are normative in Jewish Renewal? If yes, what are the leniences in comparison with Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism?
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Why is זֵכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית left out sometimes on Shabbat Amidah?

Sometimes, the paragraph beginning יִשְׂמְחוּ בְמַלְכוּתָךְ ends with זֵכֶר לְמַעֲשֵׂה בְרֵאשִׁית, and sometimes it doesn't. The only exception I could find composing and researching this question was ...
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Polishing windows on Shabbat

According to this summary, there are some poskim who hold it prohibited in all cases to polish glass dishes on Shabbat, whereas some allow if one intends to use the dish on Shabbos. My question is, ...
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Keeping Shabbos during the week?

Is there any value to or halachic discussion about keeping the laws of shabbos during the week? Were there ever Rebbes or great people who did this on any level? (Excluding those who do it as part of ...
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Aloe Vera on Shabbat and Yom Tov

Is one who is burnt allowed to put aloe Vera on the burnt area on Shabbat or Yom Tov? Medicine is generally prohibited on Shabbos (pikuach nefesh is ALWAYS an exception), but even outside pikuach ...
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Weed killer on Shabbat

Is using weed killer spray to destroy weeds permissible on Shabbat? It is prohibited to reap plants on Shabbat, but to my knowledge biblically permitted to destroy something fully on Shabbat (I ...
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Playing jenga on Shabbat

Is it permissible to play the game Jenga on Shabbat? I could see an issue of building, but it would be intentionally disassembled. This is all of course in doors, so there would be no issues of ...
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Is it unacceptable for a Jew to not keep shabbat, even if they are slowly trying to become more observant?

I haven't found a good answer for this anywhere yet, so I'm just gonna ask here. Is it unacceptable for a Jew to not keep shabbat, even if they are trying to become observant slowly and don't know all ...
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Heating pre cooked stew in kli sheini on Shabbat

Is it permitted to heat (fully cooked) stew in a kli sheini on Shabbat? This would obviously be edible, cold, and wet (covered with water and gravy) meat, vegetables, potatoes etc. so you would be ...
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Can't you Shecht on Yom Tov?

In Tractate Beitza Perek Baiz Mishnah Ches it brings down a Machlokes between the Chachamim & Reb Elazar Ben Azaryah: "Can you scratch or scrape the body of an animal with a metal comb on Yom ...
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Can you use ice in a water jug that has a stopper on shabbos?

Can one use a water jug with ice on shabbos, if when you pour the water there is a wide filter/catcher to stop the ice from coming out? Or perhaps it is an issue of borer/merakeid?
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Wiping spills on Shabbat

Is it allowed to clean up spills from (wood or marble) floors on Shabbat? Not polishing it, but using a paper or bath towel to wipe up he liquid. No water or soap would be intentionally used or wrung ...
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Picking snacks in a bowl on Shabbat

On Shabbat, is one allowed to pick snacks in a bowl, under the principle of being able to pick something for immediate use, or no? For example, if one has a fruit bowl with mangos, bananas, oranges, ...
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Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei specifics stay in

Why do some very specific phrases like "Somech noflim, rofei cholim, u'matir assurim" stay in at the beginning of Shabbos Shemoneh Esrei while they are removed from later in Shemoneh Esrei? ...
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Bikur cholim outside the techum

Is one allowed to violate the boundaries and walk beyond techum Shabbat on Shabbat for the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick)? Is there a responsa or Halacha brought down on this?
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Hot chocolate on Shabbat [duplicate]

If one has a glass of hot water (that was heated before Shabbat) are they allowed to put hot cocoa powder in it on Shabbat? In this case, it’s a solid being absorbed by the liquid, but would it still ...
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Rabanan cancelled out his mitzvah -- does it matter if his problem was active or passive?

There's the well-worn discussion of cases where someone did a mitzvah when the rabbis said not to, e.g. blowing shofar or taking lulav when the otherwise-right day was shabbos. This is usually linked ...
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Organizing bookshelves on Shabbat

Is there an issue with organizing bookshelves on Shabbat? I could see this potentially being an issue of borer but I don’t know.
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Breastfeeding on Shabbat

Is there any halachic concern with breastfeeding on Shabbat? I believe the Chazon Ish brought down one can’t milk a cow on shabbos (which I disagree with personally), but under his logic would a ...
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Hammock on shabbat

Is one allowed to set up a hammock on Shabbat? Like hanging up a hammock between trees, poles etc.? In this case the hammock is temporary to be slept in/used over Shabbat but will be taken down after ...
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Trampoline on shabbat

Is there an issue with bouncing on a trampoline on shabbat? This is not about setting up a trampoline, but if one can bounce and play on a trampoline that was set up before shabbos.
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Plastic wrap on Shabbat

Is it permissible, if one has food that will otherwise be spoiled, to tear plastic wrap and cover the food with it on Shabbos? I ask because in the case of plastic wrap, it’s not cut to an exact line (...
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Swimming in an enclosed area on Shabbat [duplicate]

From what I understand, the shulchan aruch brings down one is not allowed to swim in an open area like around a beach, but what is the opinion of modern poskim on enclosed areas. The local JCC around ...
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Wax stripping on Shabbat

Is there a halachic issue of wax strips for hair on Shabbat? These are sticky wax strips typically placed on arms and legs which when detached pull off some of the hair I know there is a prohibition ...
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Corn cutting on Shabbat

Is one allowed to cut corn off the cob with a knife or circle cutter on Shabbat? Would it be an issue of borer? Or would it be permitted? Does it change Sephardic Vs ashkenazi?
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Cultivating hydroponics on Shabbat

I know one is not allowed to reap plants on Shabbat, but does this apply to hydroponics on shabbos? I know for instance one can cultivate hydroponics on shmita (sabbatical) year. Does this mean that ...
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Hot tub on Shabbat

Is there anything halachically wrong with entering a hot tub on Shabbat inherently? Not for hygiene just leisure purposes, and not adjusting the temperature, just entering it?
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Biometric screening on Shabbat

If there is a biometric screening system for a locked door, can one do biometric screening on shabbat? In this case, this is a completed circuit with running electricity before Shabbos (it’s always ...
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Bug spray on Shabbat

Can one spray themselves with bug spray on Shabbat or no? I believe it’s brought down by the Mishnah that one can’t Delouse on shabbos, does this count? Is there a responsa on this? Thanks
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Smelling the Haddas when the first day is Shabbos

According to the Ta”z (OC 665), who holds that it is forbidden to smell the Haddas once it was bundled - even before it was used for the Mitzvah - is one permitted to smell it on the first day of ...
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Invisible ink on Shabbat and Yom tov

I wanted to know if one could use invisible ink on shabbat or Yom Tov? I know writing is melacha, but what about invisible ink? Is there a responsa on this? Could one write with it on Shabbos to read (...
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When Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, do we do havdalah? Why?

This year in the diaspora, Shemini Atzeret is on Shabbat, and Simchat Torah begins as Shabbat ends. My understanding is that we light candles to usher in Simchat Torah, so I was wondering if we did ...
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Shemini Atzeret coincides with Shabbat, Sukkah farewell and last meal

This year Shemini Azeret and Shabbat coincide. What is the last meal done in the Sukkah? Is Seudah Shelishit in this context has to take place in the Sukkah?
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Shabbat drink mixing

Is one allowed to add lemon powder to water on Shabbat? Especially since it will dissolve on its own? And would it depend on if it’s being saved for after shabbos, or if it’s planned to be drink on ...
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Clap-activated lights on Shabbat

Does the community know if clap-activated lights on Shabbat is permitted? I understand that speech activation is generally prohibited due to a Halacha brought down in Talmud Bava Metzia 90b-91a where ...
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Shabbat gentile worker different time zones halacha?

Can a Jew, let's say on Friday in Eastern time New York 9AM (way before Shabbos) ask a gentile worker who is in Asia (where it is already Shabbos) to do work for him? Similar question here but I am ...
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I am not Jewish - can I wish you a Shabbat Shalom?

I have professional contacts who are practicing/observant Jews. I am not Jewish. Is it improper/bad taste if I say to them "Shabbat Shalom" on Fridays?
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Gentile Texting a Jew on Shabbat [duplicate]

Shalom, I (a gentile) texted my non-observant Jewish friend on Shabbat, having totally forgotten it was Shabbat. He responded before I could unsend. Have I "placed a stumbling block before the ...
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Eating garlic on Shabbat Yom Tov Evening

There is a Minhag (custom) of eating garlic on Shabbat evening. Is this minhag also valid on Shabbat Yom Tov?
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