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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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This is exactly the question the T'rumas Hadeshen was addressing. ברוב הקהילות נוהגין בימים ארוכים בימי הקיץ לקרות קריאת שמע של ערבית, ולהתפלל תפילת ערבית, ג' או ד' שעות לפני צאת הכוכבים. אם יש שו …
answered Jan 5 '17 by WAF
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Yes! It has been recommended to me (by a rav who is not a posek, when I posed a similar question) that I place a bookmark in the book before shabas and leave it in while reading, thus avoiding the pro …
answered Aug 28 '11 by WAF
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How does the technology for shabas-compliant voice amplification referred to on this architecture firm's website work? Is it different technically from a regular microphone setup or is the distinction …
asked Jan 12 '11 by WAF
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Well, an encyclopedia entry on it says the earliest source is Pliny's Historia Naturalis, in which a river with similar miraculous properties is in fact reported in XXXI:18 (last line). The footnote t …
answered Dec 22 '10 by WAF
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What is the source for the greeting "שבת שלום"? Where is it earliest attested in print? What does it mean?
asked Jan 23 '11 by WAF
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The purpose of lighting is to prepare for shabas in a respectable way and provide visibility during the night. The former is a fulfillment of the rabbinic requirement to "honor" shabas, and the latter …
answered May 18 '11 by WAF
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(I will try to edit in more details later, but here is a preliminary.) The difference between a soda can and a soda bottle is that to open the can, you are transforming a continuous and closed piece …
answered Jan 3 '10 by WAF
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A couple good places to start would be here and here, both from the Eruv Blog. The second link, which itself contains many relevant and detailed links, addresses the technical issues of the geography …
answered Dec 26 '10 by WAF
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It is prescribed in שער הכוונות (Sha'ar Hakavanos, published in the sixteenth century) in the 7th paragraph here) to announce it loudly upon arriving home on Friday night for the reasons mentioned by …
answered Mar 4 '11 by WAF
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The "candle-lighting" in the term (English translation of הדלקת נרות or ליכט בענטשען) probably refers to the ritual act of lighting candles which is an obligatory act (first recorded by our sages) per …
answered Aug 26 '11 by WAF
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You are allowed to touch an alarm clock on shabas. One may touch anything on shabas that one may touch during chol. (Rema O.C. 308:3) As explained there, the prohibitions of Muktzah only apply to mo …
answered Jan 26 '11 by WAF
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I have seen it brought down in the name of the Belzer Rebbe (looking for the citation) that the three things that immediately follow the word ויברך in ma'ase b'reshis are humans, shabas, and fish. The …
answered Oct 19 '10 by WAF
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In his work on the laws of shabas called Kalkalas Shabas (at the beginning of the 3rd chapter), the author of Tif'eres Yisra'el introduces the topic of muktzeh by saying that the reason the sages proh …
asked May 18 '14 by WAF
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The English version of Sh'mirath Shabbath K'hilchathah (34:27) says that the disabled person in the wheelchair may propel himself through a rabbinic public domain and only for the purpose of a mitzva. …
answered May 24 '11 by WAF
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In t'filas musaf of shabas are we praying for Hashem to want us to bring the karbanos, or making an offer to bring them? Two possible readings of this section are of the form "may it be your will, Ha …
asked Aug 15 '16 by WAF

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