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Question No. 1456
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 23 Apr 2008
The Question What is property called that offers special dispensation of some of the Sabbath laws. —Anonymous, Berlin, CT
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Question No. 1449
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 12 Apr 2008
The Question I received a chosson watch as a present from my father-in-law to be. The watch is an automatic watch which means that it gets its power and charges up by you moving your hand and it does not have a battery. The guy in the store told me that if I wind it up before shabbos than it has a 48 hour time span that it can last without any hand movement. Can I wear this watch on Shabbos (with or without winding) or neither is good? Is there any halachik difference on yom tov (a 2 or 3 day yomtov in chutz la'aretz)? (I live in a neighborhood with a proper eruv.) Thank you very much for your time. I very much like this website and I have learned a lot on a broad range of topics from it. Avromie, New York
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Question No. 1412
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Oct 2007
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff Are you allowed to clean your glasses with water and a tissue on Shabbes? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1403
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 25 Sep 2007
The Question I would like to inquire from the rav to please clarify what type of deodorant is permissible on Shabbos? Is it only Spray, or is roll-on (not the solid type) mutar as well? Thank you —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1389
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 13 Aug 2007
The Question I read that reading the caption texts under pictures in for example newspapers is included in the prohibition of shtarei hedyotos. If so, can you read the caption texts of pictures which appear in a biography? Can you permit your children or over bar mitswa son to read comics on shabbos (besides the question wether reading comics is within the spirit of shabbos). Moreover, if reading the captions under pictures in a newspaper is assur, how can it be altogether permitted to read a newspaper on shabbos. Let's say that we're choshesh that you will come to read the captions and therefore reading a newspaper should be altogether ossur. I hope you can shed some light on this issue. —Anonymous, Europe
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Question No. 1359
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 12 Jun 2007
The Question Lichvod HaRav, I daven in a shul who's official nusach is nusach Ashkenaz. My understanding was that it is the minhag of all Ashkenazim to say VeShomeru just before Shmone Esrei on Friday night except Nusach HaGra. For as long as I have been a member of the shul we have said VeShomeru. Now, there are members of the Kehilla who claim that saying VeShomeru is asur legamrei because it constitutes a hefsed and when they daven for the amud, will not even wait for those who wish to say it themselves to do so but continue straight onto Kaddesh. They claim that the minhag of saying VeShomeru should be stopped as it's against halacha. Is their behaviour correct? —Shlomo Silverstein, Maale Adumim
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Question No. 1323
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 1 Mar 2007
The Question L'chvod HaRav, I once read that the 3 pesukim of "tzidkatecha" is recited on Shabbat at Mincha time because it represents a tzidduk ha-din for the passings away of the 3 major personages: Adam haRishon, Moshe Rabenu and David HaMelech. I was reminded of this, this past shabbat 7th Adar, the yahrzeit of Moshe Rabenu. My question is, I also once learned that on the day he was niftar, Moshe wrote 13 sifrei Torah. How was this permissible on Shabbat, when writing is forbidden? Also where could I look up how each of the 3 tzidkatecha pesukim correspond to those 3 forefathers, Adam, Moshe and David? Thank you for all your time & effort; and refua shelema! —Stephan, Brooklyn
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Question No. 1316
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 24 Feb 2007
The Question What is the halocho regarding a doctor driving on Shabbos, especially if not being able to drive would mean never spending shabbos with one's family (especially during winter) and one cannot afford a taxi every week. (Hospital is over 30mins drive from home)? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 1306
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 15 Feb 2007
The Question Is it permissible to use KY Jelly or other personal Lubricating jells on Shabbos or are there problems of Mimarach —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1289
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 19 Nov 2006
The Question is it permissible to build lego blocks on shabbos? —Anonymous, monsey ny
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Question No. 1288
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 19 Nov 2006
The Question Dear Rabi: I have heard different opiions regarding the use of teabags on Shabbat. I have been using them until a few weeks ago when a friend told me that pouring hot water into a cup with a teabag (even from a third container) maybe encoraging a process of transformation. What is your opinion regarding this issue? —Elie Scialom, Peru
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Question No. 1284
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 16 Nov 2006
The Question THE SHULCHAN ARUCH IN ARUCH CHAIM SIMAN 301 SEIF 41 SAYS IT IS ASUR TO WALK 4 AMOS WITH WET HANDS BECAUSE HE IS CARRYING THE WATER. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS ISN'T PERMITTED SINCE IT IS A PSIK REISHA D'LO NICHA LEI B'TREI DERABONNON'S 1. HE IS IS CARRYING IN A CARMOLIS 2. IT IS NOT THE DERECH TO CARRY WATER IN YOUR HANDS (ITS A SHINUI) 3. IT'S A CHATZEI SHEIR ? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 1282
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 7 Nov 2006
The Question HaRav HaGaon Avigdor Nebenzahl, shlita, holds that spraying an aerosol bottle on shabbos is under the rubric of zoreah. Does the Rav agree? —Yosef Chaim, New York, NY
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Question No. 1279
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Nov 2006
The Question B'Kavod HaRav, What is the Halacha concerning opening food packages on Shabbos, ie, bag of chips, a bag of milk, etc. It seems to me that there is a machlokes if opening food packages is making a kli or not. Please if the Rav may, to explain this further, Thank you. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1226
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 1 May 2006
The Question dear rabbi leff,would we be allowed to train a dog to turn on a light on shabbos? —steven mankes, no.miami beach,fla.
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Question No. 1225
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 30 Apr 2006
The Question Am I permitted to lock my bird's cage on shabbos? —Anonymous, Brooklyn, NY
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Question No. 1209
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 8 Mar 2006
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff A few weeks ago I faced a situation which I never experienced in my life all. I work 30 minutes outside the city and on Friday afternoon when Shabbes gets early (winter times) I leave well in advance to be home on time to prepare for Shabbes. A few weeks ago my boss called me up at 4:15 pm to still do someting for him before leaving home. I felt that I could not resist and tried to fullfil his request before going home. As the matter took some time I left work only at 5:10 pm on that Friday. As I left the office I rushed and took a taxi home but I only got home at 6, well after Shabbes (shkia). I wanted to step out of the taxi when Shabbes time came but I was on the middle of a highway where it was difficult to step out. I never faced something like this in the past and I realize that I need to do something to correct this. Can the rav give me advice? I felt like I was forced to fulfill my boss's request. However looking back I should have left no matter how important the matter was. —Anonymous
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Question No. 1208
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 8 Mar 2006
The Question I have heard that on the Sabbath during the first century AD if someone was hungry they could pick food from a field and not be stealing? Supposedly this and a misunderstanding of when the Sabbath was,is why at one time grocery stores allowed people to snack on food while they shoped.Could you please let me know if there is any truth to that being a first century Sabbath Law. —Anonymous, Chillicothe,Missouri
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Question No. 1204
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Mar 2006
The Question Kavod HaRav, What are the halachos concerning elective surgery (like getting wisdom teeth pulled) before shabbos? —Yosef Chaim, Silver Spring
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Question No. 1195
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 16 Feb 2006
The Question When paying bills online, is it permissable to schedule a payment which will be posted on Shabbos? —Yaakov B, New York, NY
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