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Why the lack of hesitance to wear pads on the sabbath?

At Yoatzot.org here, they answer as follows: If the sole purpose is to protect the woman's clothing, the sanitary napkin should not be worn. But generally speaking, most women are also concerned ...
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Why does the Mishnah use the terms poor person and homeowner when discussing carrying on Shabbat?

Bartenura Shabbat 1:1: ולהכי נקט הוצאה בלשון עני ועשיר, דאגב אורחיה קמ״ל דמצוה הבאה בעבירה אסורה וחייבין עליה:‏ The reason for discussing carrying between domains in the context of a poor ...
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Why is it permissible to flush a toilet on Shabbat?

Tosfos Eruvin (86b) and Mishne Berurah (355:6) explain that since the waste initially travels into an extension of the private domain, it is permitted. Even though the waste might later travel into a ...
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Why is having dust on your skin not considered carrying on Shabbos?

Mishna Shabbat 7, 3: THEY ALSO STATED ANOTHER GENERAL PRINCIPLE: WHATEVER IS FIT TO PUT AWAY AND SUCH IS [GENERALLY] PUT AWAY, AND ONE CARRIES IT OUT ON THE SABBATH, HE IS LIABLE TO A SIN-OFFERING ON ...
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Shabbat Belt - is 2 belts acceptable under the following circumstances

See Shulchan Aruch HaRav Orech Chaim 301:42, at the end of the halacha. There, it is explained that one may wear two belts if each one is accomplishing something, and the wearer therefore derives ...
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What is the case of a burning thrown object?

The answer is that it doesn't matter what the case is exactly. The Talmud is not responsible to provide an exact scenario. However! It's your lucky day, because the Talmud (ibid.) provides a perfect ...
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Picking up kippah that blew off on shabbat in karmalit

If a person who drops an item of clothing that he was wearing in the road (kippa, belt jacket etc.) on Shabbos he should:. 1. pick it up (akira) without moving outside 4 amos cubits(cubit is about ...
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Why was Joshua allowed to break Shabbat in attacking Yericho?

Rashi indeed says that the 7th day of encircling Yericho was on Shabbos. Rashi on Yehoshua 6:15: "ביום השביעי" - שבת היה This siege was permitted on Shabbos for the Sake of Milchemes ...
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Does a Shli'ach for carrying adopt the sender's designation of the item?

I think it would depend on the agent's intent. The reason why one becomes liable for carrying when the item was predesignated is that the predesignation shows us that the carrier is carrying the item ...
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Walking a dog on Shabbath for leisure

Yes this is permitted. As dinonline writes here The dog may be attached to a leash and walked. This may be done even in a place without an eruv. The leash must be kept a tefach [3 inches] above the ...
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Are guide animals Ochel nefesh on Yom Tov

The gemara on Beitza 12a learns from Beit Hillel that whenever a melacha is permitted for the sake of ochel nefesh, it is also permitted more generally. See OC 518:1 where the Rema adds there needs to ...
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Apparent contradiction in the law of Hotza’ah (carrying) on shabbath

There are two different laws at play here: transporting from private to public space, and moving something four paces through a public space. Transporting from private to public means you start in ...
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Why specifically a fig on shabbos?

The חידושי הריטב"א (succah 6b) explains that the Rabbis (Chachomim) assert that a kazayis is the minimum size that is fitting for eating so that became the standard for most eating related ...
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Can a public road include an underground area below it to qualify as a Reshut Harabim?

The Shulchan Aruch - Orach Chaim - סימן שמה - דין ארבע רשיות בשבת - teaches us that an area with a roof cannot be a Reshut Harabim . ...ז: אֵיזֶה רְשׁוּת הָרַבִּים, רְחוֹבוֹת וּשְׁוָקִים ...
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Reshus Horabim Today?

I guess one is the roads by meka Since for the hajj millions of people come to one place in one day
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Why does Maseches Shabbos focus so much on Hotza'ah/Carrying?

Based on Tosafos in the beginning of Maseches Shabbos 2a end of s.v. Yetzios and beginning of s.v. Pashat, hotzaah is a melacha garuah, a seemingly insignificant act. That is why Chazzal felt the need ...
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Why do the seder on shabbos?

As noted in comments, gezeira d'rabba seems to be only an issue when there is an irregular mitzva involving a specialized skill that requires a certain amount of expertise, and that involves a special,...
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Can Sefardim carry in Monsey, NY?

Rabbi Hassan describes the problem here: Now is there a problem for Sephardim? This is a complicated area of halakha but I will try and write as short and as clear as possible. Rav Yosef ...
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Does a Shli'ach for carrying adopt the sender's designation of the item?

I recommend looking at Kiddushin 42b-43a. The Gemara there discusses the concept of אין שליח לדבר עבירה, that if Reuven asks Shimon to do an aveirah, Shimon is the one liable while Reuven is entirely ...
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May one transfer from one reshut hayachid to another?

Building on what Double AA and Joel K have said: מדאורייתא this is definitely permitted. The decree of King Solomon declared multiple contiguous רשויות היחיד in which people live in defined, separate ...
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May one transfer from one reshut hayachid to another?

According to Torah law that is indeed permissible since it's not one of the two forbidden categories of transferring you mentioned. However, King Solomon enacted that it be forbidden to do so unless ...
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Could a modern eruv ever be satisfactory to the Rambam?

According to the Chazon Ish, even the Rambam would let you establish an eruv, see O.C 74:10 where he claims that as long as the reshus harabim isn't straight it's not a reshus harabim because it's &...
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Why specifically a fig on shabbos?

It's a הלכה למשה מסיני brought in sukkah 6a. Sefaria's version: תאנה כגרוגרת להוצאת שבת Fig alludes to the measure of a dried fig-bulk with regard to the halakhot of carrying out on Shabbat. One is ...
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Drinking from a water fountain without an Eruv on Shabbos

SO O Ch 350 (1) says in part and from the source in Eiruvin … “… one is permitted to stand in the public domain and take a key from the private domain and open a door there, and the same is true from ...
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Wearing a candy-bracelet tied using red string outside an Eruv on Shabbos

EDIT: The answer completely revamped First, consult your rabbi, I just offer discussion here. That being said, assuming that the red string is OK to carry and it's a jewelry ("accessory"), ...
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Does an עירוב turn the area into a רשות היחיד for נזיקין?

Apparently not. See Bava Kama Daf 81a - certain areas are out of bounds during part of the year only - and entering them then constitutes damaging them. For Shabbat they retain the same status all ...
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May a woman wear a jeweled key pin on Shabbat in an area that has no eruv?

I asked my Rav and he explained that the pin has to be a piece of jewelry in itself that would be worn even if the key no longer works on the lock. In that case it is jewelry. If the woman would not ...
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May a woman wear a jeweled key pin on Shabbat in an area that has no eruv?

The basic knowledge regarding this question is in mishnayot Shabbat (chapter 6 mishnayot 1& 2). The mishna taugth with which jewel a man can go outside and with which he can't, with which jewel ...
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Selling contents of car trunk for Pesach

In the Sefer Nitei Gavriel he says you cannot do so (same reasoning as SabaHillel). However in the book Practical Guide to Mechiras Chametz (page 56, new 2017 edition) it says that you can do so (...
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Why do the seder on shabbos?

Rabbi Dovid Kviat, author of Succas Dovid on shas, would ask this question in his drashos. He answered that all the other mitzvos for all other holidays are simply acts which must be performed at ...
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