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Are you allowed to play basketball on Shabbos? Can a boy under 13?

R Yehoshua Neuwirth in Shmirat Shabbat KeHilchata (vol. 1, p. 189 in the 2002 edition) allows basketball if played on a hard surface such as asphalt or concrete (but not on earth or grass) in an area ...
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Do any Gedolim forbid attending a sporting event?

Rav Moshe Feinstein in his Igros Moshe Chelek 8:4 YD :11 writes that going to theaters and stadiums do not fall into the prohibition of bechukoseihem lo tolechu. However, he writes that one is ...
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Is it fine to go shirtless: While exercising? When home alone? In other situations?

Yalkut Yosef Hashkamat Haboker 2:1 Whenever someone conducts himself respectfully because he wishes to show honor to God, and displays his awareness that God's Presence fills the entire universe, he ...
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Is it permitted to play softball on Tisha b'Av?

The Three Weeks by Rabbi Cohen pg 145-146 "One should try not to divert one's mind from mourning on Tishah B'Av. Therefore it is proper to refrain from all pleasurable activities, such as taking a ...
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Mixed Gender Gyms

If we are talking about somebody who suspects that he may fall to temptation and have inappropriate thoughts about the immodestly attired women there, it is forbidden. There are numerous issurim ...
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Mixed Gender Gyms

TL;DR: best to CYLOR In an answer titled "Men and Mixed Gyms," dinonline.org writes: There are two issues with a man going to a mixed gym. The first one is the same a going to a mixed beach- he ...
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Is it Asur to watch violent sports?

From a responsum of R. Yitzchok Abadi (Ohr Yitzchok vol. 1 YD §26) it would seem to be prohibited on the basis of an opinion in the Talmud with regards to images forbidden to gaze upon (Meg. 28a). ...
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Using a sled on Shabbos

According to Rabbi Elchanan Lewis on yeshiva.co there is no problem in sledding on shabbos as long as there's an eruv.
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Is sparring in boxing kosher?

In a somewhat related question (Is sky-diving forbidden because of the risk to one's life?), I showed that normal risky activities (as defined by whether other members of society accept them as ...
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Can playing sports bring us closer to God?

Maybe not directly an answer, but the Lubavitcher Rebbe would often compare sports, e.g. baseball for example, to our Avodas Hashem. In a Sicha, the Rebbe explained (Shabbos Parshas Shemini, 5740): ...
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Halachic justification for forbidding playing ball

The reason he gave was that the Zionists placed a high priority on physical health and did so by playing ball.My response to this is, "The Zionists placed a high priority on getting places ...
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Is it permitted to play softball on Tisha b'Av?

From what Rabbi Jaeger and Rabbi Barclay write in their sefer "Guidelines: over 400 commonly asked questions about the Three Weeks," it appears that there is an outright prohibition on playing ...
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Exercise-friendly head covering

http://www.5tjt.com/the-ultimate-sports-yarmulke/ I don't think this actually exists because they didn't get funding for it. But you can crib the idea and use a sweatband to trap the kippah in place, ...
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Ball Playing on Shabbbos

The Midrash (Eichah Rabbah 2:4) says that this is why Tur Shimon was destroyed: טור שמעון הוה מפיק תלת מאה גרבין ולמה חרב אי תימא מן הזנות והלא לא היתה אלא ריבה אחת והוציאוה משם אמר רב הונא משום ...
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Is paintballing alowed

I recently asked Rav Hershel Schachter this question. The Rosh Yeshiva responded to me with a long detailed discussion on this topic. In conclusion he held that it prohibited under the issur of ...
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How angel's strength is determined?

There is a passage in Berachot 4b which might be taken as a comparison of the strength of different angels, which would apparently presume that different angels have different levels of strengths. R. ...
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Exercise-friendly head covering

Kippa Klipz stick onto the underside of your yarmulke, and you just clip them onto your hair. Unlike regular clips, these work with much less hair to clip onto, solely because of the angle. Just be ...
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Tzitzis while exercising?

R. Yitzchak Abadi addresses this in Ohr Yitzchak 1:8 איני יודע מקום הספק בזה דממה נפשך אם חם או שזה מפריע לו באמת באיזה אופן שהוא או שהוא מתעמל ומפריע לו או שמפריע לו למלאכתו באיזה אופן וכיוצא בזה ...
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Is Exercise on Shabbos Allowed?

It seems there is a lack of clarity on the clear aproach to this question. Let's begin with the Mishna. Shabbat 22:6, סכין וממשמשין בבני מעים אבל לא מתעלמין, you can administer oils to the body and ...
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