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Question No. 2114
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 24 Aug 2014
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Question No. 2099
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 18 Jan 2014
The Question We have a full-time non-Jewish maid. Is there any permissible way for me to get the maid to switch off the lights in the dining room after our shabbos meal every week? Thanks —Ilan, Johannesburg
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Question No. 2039
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 31 Mar 2013
The Question I use my cell phone as an alarm clock (and I do not own any other alarm clocks). I was wondering if my cellphone would therefore be considered a kli sh’melachto l'heter and could therefore be moved on shabbat (provided that an alarm had been set on the alarm on the phone was set to go off on shabbat). If this is the case, and the phone can be moved on shabbat, is the phone still considered a kli sh’melachto l'heter after the alarm rings on shabbat and has not been set to ring again on shabbat, or does it then belong to a different category of muktzeh. (ie. what is the status of the phone at 10 am if the alarm was set for 9:00 am?) —Rena, Canada
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Question No. 2018
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 15 Jan 2013
The Question Thank you for the valuable Q&A on your site. I've learned that exercise to the point of exhaustion on Shabbos is assur. However, I would like to start a short additional exercise program for health that is low intensity. Would it be permitted to do so every day, including Shabbos? Thank you. —Michael, Wisconsin, USA
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Question No. 2001
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 4 Dec 2012
The Question Shalom Is there a way to Matir a dishwater on a time switch to work on Shabbos so as to clean the Night Shabbos meal dishes —Anonymous, Johannesburg
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Question No. 1945
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 11 Nov 2011
The Question My grandmother has advanced cancer and lives in Israel. The doctor specialist that is recommended lives here in USA but is currently in Israel for a short time I don't know how long. My grandmother cannot travel here to see him as she is old. It is currently shabbos in Israel, may I call him (I believe he is jewish). If he will not answer may I call when shabbos is out in Israel but it is still shabbos here? —Anonymous, Spring Valley, NY
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Question No. 1854
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 4 Mar 2011
The Question Dear R' Leff, I was wondering what the halacha is regarding buying and selling on the Internet with regards to the laws of Shabbat: 1) Is one allowed to own an online company that would allow people to purchase things even on Shabbat? Or would they have to shut down their website on Shabbat? 2) Is it a problem if the seller uses the “buy it now” option (such as on Ebay) and some one happened to purchase it on Shabbat? Thanks —Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA
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Question No. 1830
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2011
The Question I am an MD. My hospital on-call includes set hours during which I must be at the hospital. Can I still have a goy drive me back and forth as I must be in hospital, even if I am not being called in for specific case? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1682
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 14 Sep 2009
The Question Shalom U'Bracha. I enjoy on the first night of Rosh Hashanah making Kiddush on White Wine. This year Rosh Hashanah falls out on Shabbos. Does the Hiddur of using red wine still apply overwhat is commonly called white wine today? Thank you —Moshe, Passaic
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Question No. 1619
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 12 Feb 2009
The Question I have a question regarding the issue of squeezing the juice out of a fruit and using it on Shabbos. I have read differing views. Is there a blanket prohibition against squuezing lemon juice from the fruit directly into a glass of tea, or are there circumstances which allow this? How about the juice from an orange or a greatfruit which is to be used for children, to be added to their drinking liquids? What about the gravy from meat or chicken being used and being added to potatoes or other vegetables? Thank you —Anonymous, West Hempstead, New York
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Question No. 1601
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 30 Jan 2009
The Question I have a Shabbos hotplate which has no controls and gets very hot. Any food placed on it will undoubtedly become Yad Soledes Bo. Is it possible to use this hotplate to reheat cold food on Shabbos morning? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1592
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2009
The Question Can you use a pair of scissors on Shabbos to open food packages, for example, in a way that destroys them totally? I would find it easier not to tear writing if I could use scissors but have always thought there might be an issue with that. Is there a difference if you designate a Shabbos pair of scissors? —Anonymous, United States
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Question No. 1590
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2009
The Question Lichvod HaRav, How careful should one be to bake bread l'kavod Shabbos Kodesh if it is a tircha - can one just buy it every week from the store l'chatchila in this case? Also, if the store's bread is just as tasty as the home-baked bread, is it still a mitzva to make bread oneself? What exactly is the nature of this mitzva? Thank you so much. —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 1570
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 8 Dec 2008
The Question Dear Rabbi. I live in Iran. I want to learn the laws of Shabbat in detail. I know that nowadays there are lots of book that are translated into English but there is none of them here. Can you please tell me how I can get one of them or is there anybody that can send it for me by post? Respectfully, —Anna.M, Tehran, Iran
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Question No. 1568
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 7 Dec 2008
The Question Due to a serious sleeping condition, I need to use (by medical ruling and in order to sleep) an oxygen mask and device. This equipment starts automatically a few seconds after I position the mask over my nose and adjust the strap over my head, etc. Once the opening of the mask is closed (over my nose and face) it detects the change of pressure and it starts. This is the way it works. I think this situation falls (at best) under the category of g'rama yet I simply do not know what to do to fix it during Shabbos and Yom Tov. Could you offer any advice or should I perhaps just "relax and sleep tight"? Kol tuv —Avraham, Brazil
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Question No. 1562
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 30 Nov 2008
The Question The "spirit of Shabbos" not withstanding, may one use a non-electic exercycle on Shabbos? —Anonymous, Chicago, IL
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Question No. 1550
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 18 Nov 2008
The Question My daughter and her family are observant. I am not. I try to come up with activities that I can share with my grandchildren of Shabbat. I came up with stamp collecting and study of geography. The hobby requires the pasting of stamps into an album. May this be done on the Sabbath? Thank you for your help —Jerome S. Medowar, Merrick, New York
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Question No. 1548
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 17 Nov 2008
The Question A money clip without money is a kli shemelachto le'issur, I assume. Is it permissible on a weekly basis to change its status before Shabbos, so that it can be handled, regardless of the purpose (example: just to play with while learning). Thank you. —Rabbi Richard Weiss, Flushing, NY
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Question No. 1547
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 17 Nov 2008
The Question Kovod HaRav, In the Hilchos Shabbos shiur concerning Writing Part 3, I was a little confused as to the permissibility of reading captions under pictures. Did the Rav say that it was muter to read a caption under a picture in a book, i.e. a picture of gedolei Torah listing them right to left etc.? —MZM, Far Rockaway, NY USA
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Question No. 1531
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 31 Oct 2008
The Question Does one have to cover rice if it is on the table while reciting Kiddush because its bracha is mezonos, or can it be left uncovered because it is not one of the five special grains? Thank you for your wonderful Torah website. —David Slotkin, Queens, NY, USA
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