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Question No. 767
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 16 Apr 2005
The Question We have adopted an abandoned kitten; he is less than two weeks old. The kitten must be held and hand-fed with a dropper. Also, he must be lightly stroked with cotton ball to stimulate elimination until he is able to do so independently. How can we care for him over the next few Shabbosim until he no longer needs physical handling for survival? —Shoshana Stubin, Passaic, NJ
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Question No. 746
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 1 Apr 2005
The Question In our residential apartment building they recently replaced the conventional mechanical lock system with an electronic system. Hence, you need to open the entrance door by putting a coded magnetic transducer key to an electric decoder box. If approved, the electronic system then opens the door electrically. What are we supposed to do for Shabbos? There is NO manual override to by-pass the system and we cannot rely on any neighbor to open for us. We have heard that it may be halachically permissible to ask a non-Jew to open the door for you using the electronic key. And if it is not permissible to ask the non-Jew directly, it may be permissible to hint indirectly that you cannot open the door. Or may you ask a non-Jew before Shabbos to open for you at a specific time on Shabbos. And if the latter is permissible, may the non-Jew do so as a favor or should he be employed in such a way that he will be performing malachos for you also during the week? What is the Rabbi's opinion? Expect from moving out of the apartment, our last resort seems be to stay at home the whole Shabbos. —Meir, Sweden
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Question No. 731
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 20 Mar 2005
The Question I sell a house through a broker; the house is vacant and in a mostly gentile neighborhood. Is there any problem to allow broker (which is either gentile or non-observant Jew) showing the house on Shabbat to potential buyers? —Haim Pekar, NY
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Question No. 652
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 7 Jan 2005
The Question What is the din on the food if a Jew purchased it on Shabbos? May he or any another Jew derive any pleasure from it, e.g. after Shabbos bichdei sheya'asu or is it pasul forever? In the same context, What is the din on food that was carried on Shabbos by a Jew within a Reshus HaRabim or a Carmelis where there was no Eruv? Any Knaas, such as prohibition to derive pleasure from it or he just has to wait until after Shabbos Bichdei Sheya'asu? —Meir, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 651
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 7 Jan 2005
The Question The Case: Assume you are located in Europe/Israel and you are trading stocks in the US market by an automated system through the Internet. May you place the buy/sell orders through the system on Erev Shabbos European time (i.e., before Leyl Shabbos) for execution in the US Friday day (i.e., before Shabbos US time.) The issue: The trading is executed by the automated system on Shabbos European/Israeli time but Yom Chol US time. Is this considered performing a melacha on Shabbos for the principal/client in Europe/Israel? —Meir, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 649
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jan 2005
The Question I am of the understanding that it is not permissible to keep one's oven on and then open it and use it to warm up food for Shabbos day lunch. I have been to homes where people do this. Is it permissible to eat that food out of the oven? —Anonymous, Toronto
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Question No. 641
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 31 Dec 2004
The Question Dear Rabbi Leff; Am I allowed to play on Shabbos with paper money from a country that one can only use in that country (or at least not change in a bank here in Israel), for example; Belarus or Lithuania? Can I play with coins from a contry whose currency we can use here, but not it's coins, for example, the UK or the US? Thank you very much. —Yitzie Shachar, Age 7, Moshav Matityahu
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Question No. 628
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 21 Dec 2004
The Question We have recently begun selling items on e-bay and we want to know if there is any problem in having items available for auction through Shabbes and if there is a problem in having them listed in an ebay store for 30 + days when someone could hit the Buy It Now button on Shabbes and money would be deposited in a PAYPAL account. Thank you for your time. —Chaim Weissman, Jerusalem, Israel
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Question No. 609
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Dec 2004
The Question what is the ruling about brushing ones hair on shabbat? also, what does it have to do with P'sik Reisha? —Anonymous, USA
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Question No. 584
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 29 Nov 2004
The Question Re Q 399 Part 2. My driveway is a part of common property and has an automatic sensor light that activates every night including Friday night. I can only get to my front door using this driveway and so it activates the light. This can not be changed as it is part of body corporate; can I rely on the same answer you gave to part 2 Q 399? Thank you —Anonymous, Melbourne, Australia
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Question No. 558
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question When can you daven Maariv on Motzai Shabbos? How long after Sh'kiah? Rabbeinu Tam holds 72 min. What is the halachic basis for other opinions? (eg. 42 min.) —Izzy Porush, Chicago
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Question No. 546
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 28 Nov 2004
The Question Am I correct in saying that a cellphone or palm pilot used as an alarm clock on Shabbat is a kli shemelachto le-issur? (and I may move it to another room if it starts ringing). T. Gordon, Jerusalem
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Question No. 498
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 11 Nov 2004
The Question Is there a problem of schar Shabbat in operating a website where orders for goods may be made on Shabbat? If orders are dealt with only after Shabbat is there still a problem? Finally, if credit card details are transacted on Shabbat and payment is received surely that should be problematic? Are there any heterim in this area except for selling the rights to the website to a goy for the period of Shabbat? Raphy Garson, Har Nof
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Question No. 460
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 27 Jun 2004
The Question Kvod HaRav Shlita, May we give our 8 year old healthy son (who has an attention deficit disorder) his daily Ritalin even on Shabbos so that he can learn his Chumash and Mishnayot homework better, although there is no health reason to do so? If so, may we crush the pill as we do during the week? Akiva, Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 447
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question I know there is a custom among many chassidim to use the mikvah on shabbos morning for kabbalistic reasons. I recently saw a chassidishe sefer that praised this practice and quoted the Ben Ish Chai as being for this practice. I'm curious how this fits in halachically, i.e. how does one dry himself off, and is there any problem of Rechitza or other malachos. Thank you very much Dovid B., Long Island
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Question No. 424
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question It is well known that one cannot cry on Shabbat. If I am moved by a divrei Torah, a moving story or a part of davening and moved to tears to connect to Hashem, have I done something wrong? Gidon Lyons, Jerusalem
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Question No. 415
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question If one tied a permanent kesher on shabbos, if the knot is saved, can some of the damage be undone retroactively if one unties the knot on motzaei shabbos? Thank you very much, chag kasher v'sameach. Dovid B. Long Island
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Question No. 400
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question What is the prohibition in taking a photograph on Shabbos with a simple camera that has no batteries? If one removes the film from a camera after exposure, one cannot discern anything whatsoever. In fact if no care is taken, NOTHING remains, like writing on a water surface with a finger. Anonymous
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Question No. 372
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question My wife and I live in Jerusalem and my only other family in Israel is a non-religious cousin, who I am quite close to, who lives in Tel Aviv. The only opportunity to really see each other is over Shabbos. If my cousin asks to come for a Shabbos meal (where she would be driving in) is there any reason to allow her to do so or should I try avoiding it completely. Thanks so much for this incredible service!! Anonymous
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Question No. 352
Category Shabbos (Sabbath Laws)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question After learning SIMAN 257 in SH"A, the following question arose. Is one allowed to send a document with DHL/Fed Ex. on Friday? IS this considered "KEILU" you instructed the goy to deliver the document on Shabbat or not? I can not find the question discussed in the acharonim. Your view and perhaps some MEKOROT would be much appreciated. Thanks again for your time and a superb service. CHAZAK UBARUCH Raphy Garson, Har Nof, Jerusalem
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