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Question No. 1179
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 4 Jan 2006
The Question Is one allowed to plan a trip where he will board the plane before Shabbat and arrive at his destination after Shabbat is over? Does the same law apply if one were to take a cruise? —Anonymous, New York
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Question No. 1172
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 1 Jan 2006
The Question If a light was unintentionally left on in a room where people are to sleep, is there any permissible way to tell or hint to a child to turn it off? Also, may one stand next to the switch holding the child in his arms and wait there until the child turns the light off by himself, then quickly move away so the child doesn't flip it back on? —Anonymous
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Question No. 1098
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 21 Oct 2005
The Question The Rav Answered question 1033 that hats are permitted on Shabbat only because the brims are not made against the sun or rain, but that is a convenient result, even if the brim is more than a tefach. However, I bought my hat from Borcelina's 'waterproof' line so it does not get ruined in the rain. Even if the hat is not made to protect against the sun or rain, but that is a direct benefit I have in mind when I bought the hat, may I still wear this hat on Shabbat. If not, does everyone who wears a black hat with a rim specifically need to declare that they are not mitkaven on the utility of the hat in order to use it on Shabbat. With my greatest longings to be back in Israel and learn from you in person, I thank the rav for his internet connections. —Joey Bernstein, Potomac, Maryland (for now)
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Question No. 1088
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 15 Oct 2005
The Question According the Gemara shabbat 138b where hats were made osur and you explaind in one of your answers that these were hats made for shade. So my question is: why are baseball hats permitted? Their main purpose is to protect from the shade as well. Thanks. —Yossi, Vancouver, Canada
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Question No. 1045
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 20 Sep 2005
The Question I have heard conflicting stories about using toothpaste on Shabbat. I have stopped brushing completely while others have said that it is permissible to brush teeth on Shabbat without toothpaste. Is there a way to use pre-prepared toothpaste or some liquid gel, perhaps squeezed before Shabbat? Also, if squeezing is the primary issur, what about ketchup or mustard that is squeezed for eating purposes? I thank the Rav over again for his continuing to be in touch with me via the Internet. —Joey Bernstein, Potomac, Maryland
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Question No. 1033
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 17 Sep 2005
The Question Gemara Shabbos 138b according to Tosafos states that most hats are assur on Shabbos. Mishna Bruria apparently concurs. Are there recent poskim who poskin like Rashi? Otherwise, sure are a lot of hats out there on Shabbos! —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 1022
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 11 Sep 2005
The Question If you are not allowed to create on Shabbos, how is it possible that one is recommended to have relations on Shabbos, which would lead to the creation of a life? Thank you —Reuven, Las Vegas
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Question No. 1016
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 8 Sep 2005
The Question What are the prohibitions about whistling on Shabbos? —Anonymous, Baltimore, MD
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Question No. 999
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 28 Aug 2005
The Question On a hot plate with one setting which is not hot enough to cook with do the tnaaim of chazara apply? —Anonymous, London
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Question No. 980
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 22 Aug 2005
The Question I want to thank the Rav for keeping me close to him via the internet. During at least one of our Amud Yomi Shiurim, we learned that dogs are muktzah on Shabbat. Yet, the rav has talked about how people, even on his moshav play with their dogs (as in many religious communities) which, I believe, he has described as 'problematic'. What are the gederim of walking, petting and playing with a dog on Shabbat and what is the hashkafah towards owning a dog in general? Thank you again. —Joey Bernstein, Potomac, Maryland (for now)
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Question No. 952
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 7 Aug 2005
The Question I've heard that clapping is very problematic on Shabbat. Why, then, is it so widespread, even among the most educated? Thanks. —Anonymous, Jerusalem
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Question No. 940
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 4 Aug 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, Shlita: When I go to a Simcha on Shabbos or Yom Tov, I often see that the caterer has made a ridge in the Chumus and poured olive oil in it (I am not sure if the purpose is to to make the Chumus look more fancy or taste better). Is there a "Lush" problem with my putting a spoon into the Chumus to take some off the serving plate, if it will inevitably mix some of the oil with the Chumus? —Anonymous, Yerushalayim
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Question No. 921
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 30 Jul 2005
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff, I recently heard that if the husband already heard or made havdala on motzei Shabbos, he should not repeat havdalah for his wife, unless there are some other men or children that will be exempted from that havdala. Is this correct and in case yes, should the wife make havdala herself? And does this halacha also apply to kiddush Shabbos morning? —Anonymous, Zurich, Switzerland
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Question No. 901
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 20 Jul 2005
The Question Hey. We have had a lot of difficult halachic quesitons concerning the vioce chat program Paltalk, where Jewish lectures are given, and where jews gather to know more about their religion. It is not a Jewish program, but they have Jewish section, where jews usually go and shmooze with other jews. People come from all over the world and have different timezones. I have two questions about this program. So my first question is, if it would be allowed to answer a jew in the chat who has shabbat going on e.a. the secular jew comes from Israel and it is 4 pm Friday New York time. Should we throw him out of the room or just continue, since its not shabbat for us yet. Or should we perhaps not have a room at all, when israelis have shabbat going on? My second question is, if it is neccesary to ask people who come to the room, if they are jewish or not. Some christians sometimes come into the room, but behave and don't say anything against torah. They just listen to the lecture. But is it allthough forbidden to have them listening to a live lecture and thus throw them out of the room?... and is it neccesary to ask if they are jews? I would really appriciate it, if you answer these questions, since you can solve a difficult disagreement which involves hundreds of jews. Thank you very much! —Danny, Køge, Denmark
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Question No. 893
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 13 Jul 2005
The Question I have an old family secret of preventing grease stains to set, for example, from cholent. I put salt on the stain, and it makes it easier to remove the stain later. Is this permissible on shabbos? —Svetlana, Baltimore
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Question No. 837
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2005
The Question Kovod Harav, In the Rav's opinion is there anything wrong with making early Shabbos in Yerushalayim? I have heard it is not "minhag Yerushalayim" and should not be done. —Anonymous, Har Nof
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Question No. 830
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 5 Jun 2005
The Question Dear Rav Leff shlita, When I am eating by myself on Shabbos I find cholent a litle heavy, so I prefer to make a little extra chicken for Friday night and reheat it on Shabbos morning. I leave an upside down baking tin on the less hot side of the blech specially for this purpose. On Shabbos morning, when I put the dry cooked chicken on top of the baking tray, is it permissible to move them so they are over the hottest part of the blech, or can the baking tray not be moved? —Yocheved Cohen, Israel
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Question No. 796
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 3 May 2005
The Question Why can’t one start to eat from half an hour before the end of Shabbos / Yom Tov? And does one have to make Kiddush before chatzos or is it only preferable? Is this the same for men and women? —Shulz
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Question No. 780
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 27 Apr 2005
The Question if a person is taking pills daily for depression (such as prozac). Is it permissible to continue taking on shabbat and yom tov? —Anonymous, israel
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Question No. 768
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 17 Apr 2005
The Question Is it permissible for a rav of a kehilla to encourage members of the community to attend shabbos services in order to get a minyan, if he knows that they will drive ? Does the same apply to inviting guests for shabbos meals? —Simon Galinsky (ex-Derech talmid), London
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