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Q&A Why can't a shopping cart interface run on the Sabbath?

Starting with what I think I understand, my doubtless oversimplified picture of the world was that processes set in motion before the Sabbath could be allowed to continue. For example, I thought it...

0 answers  ·  posted 6mo ago by Fred Wamsley‭

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Q&A Would the Aruch Hashulchan rule that one is yotzei if he doesn't drink melo lugmav by havdalah?

The Aruch HaShulchan rules on 271:30 that b'dieved, even one who doesn't drink melo lugmav of wine at kiddush is yotzei. Would he also say the same by havdalah?

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by runters32‭

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Q&A Metered water tap on Shabbat

According to Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah (12:19) it is allowed to use a water tap on Shabbat, even though the water will be precisely measured by a meter. This seems to be a psik reisha (an inevi...

2 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by tzvi‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by simyou‭

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Q&A Why aren't worried about carrying matza on Shabas?

The Bavli in various places (e.g. Suka 42–43) explains that the rabbis did away with blowing shofar and taking lulav on Shabas lest one "take it to an expert to learn, and carry it four cubits in p...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by msh210‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Seudah shlishit before Pesach: what's the source for omitting bread?

When Pesach starts on a Saturday night, I understand that we are forbidden to eat matzah on that Shabbat (because we don't want to diminish the experience at the seder), but that we also aren't all...

1 answer  ·  posted 1y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 1y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Besamim and the Tree of Knowledge

I have heard many times that one of the reasons we use Besamim for Havdallah is because smell is the only sense that didn't benefit from the Eitz Hadas. The Bnei Yissaschar says that smell is the ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Isaac Moses‭

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Q&A Lesser-known Shabbos Zemiros

Are there any printed or audio/visual collections of Shabbos Zemiros which didn't make it into the standard repertoire?

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by simyou‭  ·  edited 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A Are flowers muktzah on Shabbat?

If one had placed a bouquet of flowers in a vase prior to Shabbat, is it considered muktzah? In what scenario would it be permissible to move it on Shabbat?

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by ploni‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by msh210‭

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Q&A What happened to the end of the Aleph-Beis in Kol Mekadesh?

One of the songs commonly sung on Friday night, which begins Kol Mekadesh Shevi'i, follows an alphabetic acrostic. After the introductory stanza, each stanza contains four phrases: the first three ...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by DonielF‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A Shalom Aleichem -- "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem"?

I've heard a setting (by Debbie Friedman) of the song "Shalom Aleichem" that, in the last verse, says "shuvchem" instead of "tzeitchem" (recording, mixed group of singers). A rabbi who knew her to...

0 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by DonielF‭

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Q&A Determining Reshus Harabbim if a street is not busy on Shabbos

If a street has 600,000 people travelling on it during the week, but on weekends it does not since people aren't working, is it considered a Reshus Harabbim? Do we say that just because there are 6...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by eliyahu‭

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Q&A Havdallah during the nine days

On Motzei Shabbos Chazon (the Shabbos before Tisha Ba'av which always falls out during the nine days), what should be done about drinking the wine/grape juice for Havdallah? If a child is available...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by eliyahu‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sabbahillel‭

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Q&A Taking pills with letters on Shabbos

There are many medicines which are permitted to be used on Shabbos in various situations. However, some of them have letters written or engraved on them. Is it permitted to take these pills on Shab...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by ploni‭

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Q&A What are the issues in talking into a mic that was accidentally turned on on Shabbat?

During the COVID pandemic many synagogues have moved activities online, including communal prayer. Some have even done this on Shabbat, and the Conservative movement recently published a responsum...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by PinnyM‭

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