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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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In general, a Jew is permitted to benefit from the melacha (forbidden Shabbat labor) a non-Jew does for himself or for other non-Jews. R Daniel Braude (Learn Shabbos, pp. 521ff) writes that a Jew can benefit from a melacha performed by a non-Jew for himself (if there is no need for more melacha to benefit the Jew), e.g., switching a light is fine as the non-...


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This is quite literally the situation described in Vayikra 19, אִ֣ישׁ אִמּ֤וֹ וְאָבִיו֙ תִּירָ֔אוּ וְאֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַ֖י תִּשְׁמֹ֑רוּ אֲנִ֖י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם׃" You shall each revere his mother and his father, and keep My sabbaths: I the LORD am your God." (Remember that the vav in Hebrew is just a connector, this passuk could also be translated as &...


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As @ezra commented, the song and lyrics were composed for the musical. The concept of blessing the children on Friday night is an ancient custom in some families/communities (the earliest written source I found was 1500s in Sefer HaChaim, but the custom originates before that). Traditionally, the parent will place both hands on the head of each child and ...


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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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This is an excellent question. Common knowledge would seem to indicate that there is no problem with eating cooked matza since you definitely can't use it for the seder and that Mezonot-foods seem to be preferred to other non-bread options for the Third Sabbath Meal generally. So why was this not the obvious solution for Erev Pesach (EP)? Why was no one ...


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According to Rabbi Yehuda Spitz of Ohr Somayach, there is a four way dispute how to go about things in a year like 5781, where Erev Pesach is on Shabbos. Some say the traditional Yotzros as normal (Pri Megadim 430:1, Mishbetzos Zavav 1). Some say it the week before, as the Yotzros discuss bedikas chametz, which happened on the 13th instead of the 14th (...


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"However, I have seen many times that some of the people who gather together to discuss these things don't enjoy the long talks about it, they are just doing it to please their friends who are gathered with them. In such a case it would seem that there would be a concern of Issur for those who don't enjoy it." What he is saying is as follows: The ...


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The Brisker Rov in his second piece on Chumash asks and answers your question. My understanding of his answer is, that this was said by Adam on the first Shabbos. He was praising the complete creation of the world and all it's details, which was realized only when Shabbos started. That is why it is a Mizmor for the Shabbos day.


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Yes there is. This is the rule that a keli shemelachto le-issur (a utensil which is mainly used for shabbat-prohibited activities) may be moved le-tzorech mekomo (if one needs to use the space occupied by the object). See Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 308:3. (It’s worth clarifying that this rule does not apply to intrinsically muktzeh items (mukzteh mechamat ...


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This question is more a psychological one and it really depends on your personal situation. I will try to answer a bit more generally. 1. Keep the phone away The easiest first step, regardless of all else, is to keep the phone in a place that is inaccessible in moments of weakness. If you use the phone as an alarm clock consider an alternative alarm clock ...


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Rav Ari Enkin writes While a superficial review of the laws of kiddush would lead one to conclude that one who recites kiddush upon whiskey and the like should be required to quickly drink a revi’it (approximately 4 oz.), just as is the case with wine, there are authorities who insist that this is not necessarily so. These authorities reason that such a ...


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R Dovid Ribiat answers your question in his book The 39 melochos (vol 3, p. 888) It is questionable wether killing a mortally ill or wounded animal is the melocho m'deoraisa of Schochait. In any case, doing so is not actually permitted. "Mercy killing" situations are common examples of this [question]. Example: One who notices a badly wounded bird ...


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R' Eliezer ben Nathan (120) was asked this question. He answered that since Rosh Chodesh is a workday, not everyone will be present in synagogue to hear the Torah reading.


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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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Shabbat Shirah occurs in the annual cycle of reading the Torah when we reach the parasha of Beshalach. That section of the Torah contains the Song of the Sea. Consequently, that shabbat is called "Shabbat Shirah," meaning "Sabbath of Song." This section of the Torah is read with a special tune in many communities and some communities have ...


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In Shulchan Aruch (263:10), the view of the Behag is quoted: לבעל ההלכות גדולות כיון שהדליק נר של שבת חל עליו שבת ונאסר במלאכה ועל פי זה נוהגות קצת נשים שאחר שברכו והדליקו הנרות משליכות לארץ הפתילה שבידן שהדליקו בה ואין מכבות אותה ויש אומרים שאם מתנה קודם שמדליקה שאינה מקבלת שבת עד שיאמר החזן ברכו מועיל ויש אומרים שאינו מועיל לה ויש חולקים על בעל הלכות ...


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This exact type of instant noodle soup is addressed by Rabbi Yoni Levin here Ultimately, there are two potential pitfalls that making such soup on Shabbos would present: Bishul - cooking Makeh B'Patish - 'The final hammer blow' i.e. making something fit for purpose. So, he walks us through both potential melachos and how to avert any chilul shabbos. Bishul ...


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HaRav Chaim Bleier shlita in his Chukei Chaim series here (on page 2) addresses this question. He writes as follows: Adding Croutons or Soup Nuts to Soup on Shabbos Croutons and noodles. Deep-fried soup croutons, which are considered cooked1, may be added to soup on Shabbos, even if it is yad soledes bo (מאור השבת ח"ב סי' ח' סק"ה) since we pasken ‘...


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Rav Shmuel Wosner zt"l addresses this in Shevet HaLevi, cheilek dalet, siman 23, os 5. He says that going out in the sun in such glasses is not considered an act of tzoveya. בענין המשקפים שבאור השמש נעשות כהות אם מותר ללכת בהם בשבת - לבי נוטה יותר שמותר. ובמק"א נחזק זה אי"ה בראיות With regards to glasses that the light of the sun makes go ...


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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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The grain of this prohibition and its exclusions, to which SH is alludes, is from the Mishna in Shabbat and Talmud (116b). Although the mere recitation of a verse or word, especially of liturgical nature, from Writings is not of Talmudic origin, as far as I know.


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The new edition does not contain the second volume of the older edition in it, and a second edition of the second volume was not published in the author zt"l's lifetime.


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In the Mishneh LaMelech's book Parshas Derachim § 23 s.v. עוד נקדים, he quotes his father's teacher Rav Zerachia Guto, who says that in Heaven, Shabbos starts when Jerusalem starts keeping Shabbos.


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So I'm assuming you go to shul on Shabbos. That gives you a couple of hours to daven to Hashem. Tell him your struggles and ask him for help. Then after shul you can eat kiddush, take a nap, read a book, or play a game. Fun games to play on shabbos include chess, rummikub, and checkers. Hangout with some friends, maybe do a little learning. Take a walk with ...


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This question assumes that bittul Chametz is a form of hefker. This is indeed the position of some Rishonim (see Tosfos Pesachim 4). This very question is one of seven questions posed by the Ramban (Pesachim 4b) on the position of Tosfos that bittul Chametz is a form of hefker. לפיכך פירשו בשם ר"ת ז"ל דמה שאמרו בביטול בעלמא סגי משום דביטול היינו ...


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Rashbam in pesachim 107a explains that chamar Midina is only when there's no wine in the city. Most reishonim go with this requirment. Also the shulchan Aruch and mishna brura as well. The Mishna brura brings the custom of making kiddush on beer on shabbos day. Even after bringing the bidieved defence for it, says that it's still a mitzva min hamuvchar to ...


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R Doniel Schreiber answers your question here (point #6) In the period of early Shabbat when most Jews have not yet accepted Shabbat, one who has accepted Shabbat is permitted to ask non-Jews to perform melakha for him even if it is not for the purpose of a mitzva. However, once most Jews have accepted Shabbat, it is permitted only if it is for the needs of ...


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