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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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Talking to Alexa on Shabbos [duplicate]

What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under? "Alexa, turn on the lights" "Alexa, play Zemiros"
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Does “borer” apply to people?

Let's say a group of people are sitting in a room. On Shabbat, are you allowed to categorize them into groups such as: Herding Men away from woman e.g at a Kiddush with a mechitza in Shul (normally ...
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Can one use on Shabbos an automatic toilet with an electric sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism when you are done? For example in a hotel lobby, or a public building. Assume there is no other ...
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The first day is sunday [duplicate]

According to jewish law, The First day is Sunday and hence Shabbat falls on Saturday, unlike the Christains who says Monday is the first day. How can we know that Sunday(and not Monday) Should be ...
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What does a typical USA Jewish household do to celebrate Sabbath?

I was raised in a not-very-observant home. I understand Friday dinner, blessing over Sabbath candles, blessing over bread, and blessing over wine, and I know that Havdalah comes at the end. But what ...
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How was the Mekoshesh given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet?

How was the Mekoshesh, the man found gathering wood on Shabbat in Sh'lach L'cha, given the death penalty if the punishment wasn't known yet, so he couldn't have been warned, being that the warning ...
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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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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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Is there a minhag to the order of eating fish & meat during Shabbat meals? [duplicate]

I've seen many people eat fish in addition to eating meat during a Shabbat meal. (See this for the origin of the fish minhag.) Almost every place I have attended as a guest (both Ashkenazim and ...
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Can one walk on snow on Shabbos when there is another route one can take?

In OC 320, the Shulchan Aruch discusses the prohibition of crushing on Shabbos. In §13, he rules: דורס שלג ברגליו ואינו חושש: One can stomp snow with his feet and not be concerned. The ...
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Is white wine permitted between 6 and 7 o'clock?

This answer references the possibility that there is a distinction between red and white wine for those that are careful not to make kiddush between 6 and 7 o'clock. Are there any sources that mention ...
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Animal sacrifices on Shabbat [duplicate]

Parashat Tetzaveh discusses the various offerings and sacrifices that are to be regularly given. Of these, two animal sacrifices must be enacted every day of the week: Thus you shall do to Aaron ...
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Is it permissible to say 'baruch hamavdil" in the bathroom? [duplicate]

One way to end Shabbos is by saying "baruch hamavdil bein kodesh lechol". It's a type of havdalah. Is it permissible to say this havdala in the bathroom?
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Is a Pasul Torah scroll considered a Muktzeh on Shabbat?

I know that there are different categories of Muktzeh. One category that is difficult for me to understand is the concept that if something has no use at all on Shabbat (or use for any purpose) it is ...
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Drinking Nespresso coffee on Shabbat?

The Wacaco Nanopresso machine is a hand-operated espresso machine. It is filled with either ground coffee or Nespresso capsules and, together with hot water, delivers a cup of espresso through a hand ...
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Mashgiach Working on Shabbat [duplicate]

Note: this question is posed merely to seek mekorot behind the question, since the poskim of my hashgachah have clearly ruled on this, even if I've never seen the teshuvot. As a mashgiach, I am ...
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Are relations permitted with one's wife who does not safeguard Shabbos?

One who transgresses Shabbos publicly has the status of a Gentile (Shulchan Aruch Y"D 2:5 and Shulchan Aruch Harav on it). Furthermore, Jews are forbidden from having relations with Gentiles. That ...
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Why does the piyut of Dayenu in the Haggadah shel Pesah say “Ilu he'echilanu et hamann” before “Ilu natan lanu et HaShabat?”

Bnei Yisrael were given hok umishpat at Marah.  Rashi explains that they were given a few mitzvot, including Shabbat. Afterwards, when they got to Eilim, they were given the mann.  Why then, does the ...
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Blessing one's spouse on Shabbas

Every Shabbas I bless my 3 children but I feel like it's incomplete. What about a blessing on for my wife? I suppose many sing Eshet Chayil but I feel it is more directed to the Shabbas rather than ...
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Induction cooktop with blech

I have looked at this question regarding the use of induction cooktops on shabbat. The problem seems to be one of החזרה (returning to the fire) -- understandable, since one cannot take a pot off the ...
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Keeping Shabbath at Gentile's house

Is there anything I need to be aware of during Shaabath (as Rav Yom Tov Glaser rightfully got the correct pronunciation innate) when I am with gentiles? For instance, let's say I spend time with my ...
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For how long has the Bracha on nerot Shabbat been around?

When did the Bracha on nerot Shabbat come into play? I know that the Mishna mentions generally the mitzva mid'rabanan to light a light on Shabbos. But when did klal yisrael begin saying the Bracha?
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How did the angel in “בבואו מאדום” Zemer make three mistakes?

I have always been puzzled by "בבואו מאדום" Zemer that many sing at Seuda Shlishis (actually found in the Bentcher as part of "Boruch Hashem Yom Yom"): בְּבוֹאוֹ מֵאֱדוֹם חֲמוּץ בְּגָדִים, זֶבַח ...
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Standing for kaddish

Most of the siddurim by Chacham Ovadia Yosef זצ"ל say to stand at the khatzi kaddish of Shabbat Arvit right before Kryat Shema. I have heard that this minhag is from the Ben Ish Chai (I don't exactly ...
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Earliest Time for Shnayim Mikra

The Mishna Berura allows starting shnayim mikra for the upcoming week after davening Mincha on shabbos (285:7 - כיון שמתחילין במנחתא דשבתא לקרות פרשת שבוע הבא נחשב שוב הקורא כקורא עם הציבור וא"כ מה ...
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Can one use an automatic sugar dispenser on shabbat?

An automatic sugar dispenser is a device that mechanically releases a specific amount of sugar (e.g. half a teaspoon) at the press of a button. No electricity is involved, nor would there seem to be ...
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Muktzeh underpants

If one unfortunately soils his underpants on Shabbat, when he goes to the bathroom to remove the soiled underpants, can he then pick up the underpants in order to put them in the dirty laundry, or ...
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Fruit carving on Shabbat?

There is a technique called Fruit carving, consisting on cutting food into a pleasant shape. Is it permitted to carve such things on Shabbat? (And on Yom Tov) Reflection may make a difference between ...
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Shabbat Amidah, which parts

I am following a wonderful audio to learn the Amidah. It is here on Chabad. I come from an almost non-religious Jewish family and don't really know which prayers to do and so I am following this. ...
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Benefits of and punishments for Shabbat

I really wish to know with sources what are the benefits or rewards of observing Shabbat and what are the punishments for someone who desecrates it. Furthermore, what are the disadvantages of being a ...
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Can you crack and roll a boiled egg on Shabbat, even if the rolling will tear the letters printed on the egg?

Introduction In an article, Rabbi Gil Student writes that, on Shabbat: The Mishnah Berurah (340:17) and other authorities ... permit eating cake with letters. However, they do not permit cutting ...
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why is electricity prohibited on shabbos? [duplicate]

What are the reasons the rabbis prohibited electricity on shabbos? What are the names for those prohibitions (MiDerabonone and/or MiDeoraisa) ? Thank you all in advance
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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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What are the earliest starting and latest ending times for shabbat worldwide utc time?

I am writing an app and I want to block of one feature for the entire world for Shabbat. What would be the earliest time for shabbat to start anywhere in the world during the shortest day of the year?...
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Origin of a tune to Baruch Kel Elyon

When I was growing up in the 1980s, I heard a tune to "ברוך קל עליון" that I've now reproduced to the best of my recollection, except that I sang it a bit faster than I recall it having been sung. ...
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Shaping liquids/foods on Shabbat

Is it allowed on Shabbat to make shapes with food or liquids for dish decoration purposes? For example: dipping a fork into a sauce and then placing the fork on the plate to make a fork shaped ...
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Why were not all petitionary prayers eliminated on Shabbat? [duplicate]

Jewish teaching is that Shabbat services are for thanks and praise, not for petition [see Berachot Yerushalmi]. That's why the rabbis cut out the middle 13 blessings of the daily Amidah. But we ...
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(How) have cheap electronics changed the definitions of “muktzeh machmas chisaron kis”?

Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchasa says a radio is muktzeh machamas chisaron kis. -- I'm allowed to pick up and move a hammer if it's in my way on Shabbos, but not something expensive and delicate like a ...
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Apparent contradiction in the law of Hotza’ah (carryng) on shabbath

On Peninei Halakha halachot shabath about Hotza’ah it's written: Many maintain that as long as one did not stop walking while in the reshut ha-rabim, the prohibition is only rabbinic, because as ...
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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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Mourners by Kabbalat Shabbat

Is there a source that says that someone has to be with a mourner at all times from when he is asked to leave the shul before Lechu Neranena. As I understand the shamash/ warden asks him to leave and ...
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Why Skip Kabbalas Shabbos on Yom Tov? [duplicate]

In my experience among all Ashkenaz shuls across America, it seems we skip Kabbalas Shabbos when shabbos falls out on Yom Tov. Where did this come from and why?
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A better way to warm up food on shabbat morning

When warming up food on a hot tray on shabbat, most poskim do not allow one to put the food directly on the hot tray, but rather insist on a plate or inverted pot or pan be placed on the hot tray and ...
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A poor person, Chanukah candles v. Shabbos candles, and selling clothing to buy candles

Although one who cannot afford Shabbos candles is not required to sell his clothing to fund them, one who cannot afford Chanuka candles is required to sell his clothing. (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 671.) ...
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Can children build tents on Shabbos?

I know that there's a problem of boneh to build tents on Shabbos. Does anyone have advice for my kids who love tying sheets between their beds?
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If one accidentally reheats some soup on Shabbos, are they allowed to eat it?

If someone left soup on a hotplate when it was off, forgetting that it was on a timer and would come back on later, can he eat it after the soup is reheated, because you can't do this on Shabbos?
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Reading video reviews on Shabbos [duplicate]

For example the book "Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies and Videos," wherein are listed movies and videos and short descriptions and reviews of said movies and videos. Would it be permitted to read ...
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Would it be mutar to be implanted with a microchip and leave it in over shabbos?

A few years ago a swedish company started implanting employees with rice-sized microchips in the backs of their hands. An american company followed suit. the chips can open doors, grant access to work ...
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Odd flow in shacharis of Shabas [duplicate]

The central benediction of the morning amida prayer on the sabbath reads as follows (in loose translation): Moses… stood before You on Mt. Sinai. He brought down [from the mountain], by hand,...
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Different Smart/Sport Watches on Shabbat

I looked at some of the other smartwatch threads, and being that they were older, they don't cover the following two cases: Hybrid Smartwatches Sports watches First the assumptions / definitions I ...