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There is a fundamental difference between the concern of repairing an instrument and the concern of repairing a bicycle. The former is mentioned in the Talmud: Beitza 36b ולא מטפחין ולא מספקין ולא מרקדין: גזרה שמא יתקן כלי שיר NOR CLAP THE HANDS, NOR SLAP THE THIGHS, NOR DANCE; it is a preventive measure lest he might repair musical instruments. (Soncino ...


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Perishah to Tur Orach Chaim 267 (answering a slightly different question) explains that there are in fact mazikim on shabbat, which would be consistent with the explanation you give for the recital of me'ein sheva. He goes on to explain that when we say shabbat provides protection (and therefore we don't say shomer amo yisrael la'ad on shabbat) this means ...


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I just wrote about this topic for a devar Torah, which can be read here. In my Mafteach for Derashos Chasam Sofer they show that the Chasam Sofer addresses this Abudraham almost a dozen times in that work. I'm not sure what the person who wrote that article had in mind, but the following summarized point he writes in his Toras Moshe (top right corner). I ...


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The rule is that one can ask a non-Jew to perform melacha for the sake of an ill person, even if there is no risk to life (see Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 328:17). That is the case under discussion in Shulchan Aruch which you quote. The worry is that the extreme cold will make people ill, not that they are in danger of dying. Therefore only a non-Jew is ...


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I found two anecdotes of people on Ellis Island in terms of halacha. One is from an article in the Jerusalem Post: ""Ellis Island was their first connection to the other side," said Mulfeld, 60, an Internet entrepreneur. "That's where we got our start." It was a Saturday afternoon, and Mulfeld's grandfather - who had been in America ...


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Rabbi Yitzchak Zilberstein (Chashukei Chemed to Beitzah 32a) rules that according to all opinions, one may separate challahs that have been baked together, since there is no concept of Makeh Bepatish in foods: ‏ שאלה: הוציאו מהתנור שתי לחמניות מחוברות, ובשבת רוצה לבצוע ולברך עליהם, האם מותר להפרידם, כדי לקיים לחם משנה? ‏ תשובה נחלקו רבותינו אם צריך להפריד ...


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I think the reason is because the reading of Mincha on Shabbat wasn't instituted lichvod Shabbat, but for other reasons. R' Aharon David in V'ed Ya'aleh brings a couple of reasons: For יושבי קרנות - he interprets this to mean that these do-nothings won't be bored (pg. 78). For shopkeepers who can't hear the reading on Mondays and Thursdays (pg. 83) - this ...


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Women are מקבל שבת when they light candles הגה והמנהג שאותה אשה המדלקת מקבלת שבת בהדלקה (רמ''א סימן רס''ג סעיף י) Men, however, are not. Even if a man were to light the candles he would have no אסור מלאכה after that point. It is interesting to note that unlike women, when men light candles they make the ברכה before lighting due to this custom. Men are מקבל ...


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According to Rav Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe O.C. 1 siman 96), it should be well known that women accept shabbos with candle lighting, and men usually only accept shabbos two or three minutes before sunset, unless they happen to accept is upon themselves earlier. He one time got in a car to go to shul after candle lighting time, and would have been happy to ...


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