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Question: Is one permitted to use a squeegee mop on Shabbos with a towel around the bottom if he uses only minimal water and places it on the floor first. May on rely on the fact that the mop has a handle and since the is water placed on the floor first it is not different then wiping a spill with a large towel that can absorb all of the liquid (and certainly if only minimal liquid is used ) ? Answer: While ...

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Generator on shabbos

Question: Is there a chiuv gomur to use a generator on shabbes in Eretz Yisroel? Are there any gdolei haposkim who lechatchila permit using normal electricity on shabbes without a generator? Thank you. Answer: It is not a chiyuv gamur to use a generator on Shabbos. This is a debate going on many years, and most accept this practice as a chumra. Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach wrote many reasons why using electri ...

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Tzitzis – Bigdei Shabbos

Question: If one purchased a new pair of tzitzis, and his old one is still kasher. Should he wear the new one on Shabbos to honor the Shabbos, or during the week to fulfill mitzvas tzitzis b'hiddur for the whole week? And if he should wear the new ones during the week, would it be proper to change into the old ones for Shabbos, or he should keep on wearing the new ones? Answer: Being that they are both kosh ...

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The NW London Eruv

Question: Kvod HaRav, What is the Rav shlita's view on carrying in the NW London Eruv. Many thanks. Answer: The Rav is not familiar with the details of this eruv and can not provide a psak with regards to its use. If there is a specific halachic question about the eruv, please inform. ...

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Preventive Medicine on Shabbos

Question: Is one allowed to take medicine on shabbos if one is healthy and is just taking medicine to prevent a future ailment (i.e. taking medicine for allergies before the allergy symptoms start)? Thanks, Answer: Someone who has an oncoming ailment and takes medicine to prevent it, would be included in the opinion of the Magen Avraham that taking medicine "לחזק מזגו" to strengthen himself is prohibited. W ...

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Cleaning up toys on Shabbos

Question: Can a person ask his children on Shabbos to clean up the toys on the floor. knowing they will sort the toys into separate containers ? Answer: If the toys are in fact mixed up to the point that "borer" is needed to separate them, a child should not be asked to clean them up in this way. Rather they could put all the toys together in a box, and sort them after Shabbos. If the toys are spread out an ...

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I-Phone Muktzah Status

Question: What type of muktza is an I-phone? Answer: The status of an I-phone is a kli shemelachto l'issur. While they are valuable items which one is generally careful with, they do not have the status of chesaron kis, as they are handled and transported normally. They are not kept in a specific place for safekeeping and would be used to hold down something as a paperweight or similar uses. This would cert ...

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Pets on Shabbos

Question: What is Rav Asher Weiss' shita on moving and petting pets on Shabbos? Answer: Pets that are intended for petting and playing with, as are the common household pets, are not classified as muktzeh on Shabbos. The Rav's opinion is that while this is the ikar hadin, there is room for stringency in this regard. For one who has a need for use of pets, such as seeing eye dogs, service dogs, or even for t ...

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Automatic watches on a three day Yom Tov

Automatic watches Question: May one wear an automatic (kinetic) watch [which is currently working] over a three day Yom Tov? Over a regular Shabbos, perhaps the watch has enough "power" to last over 24 hours without any movement, but in this case it is different... What does Rav Weiss hold regarding this? Answer: As long as the watch has not stopped working he may wear it on Shabbos. He has no intention to ...

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opening wrapping on Shabbos

opening wrapping on Shabbos Question: Is it permitted on shabbes to tear a sweets wrapping (silver paper), where the letters are not written and not printed on it only pressed inside? Answer: It is not clear what you mean by "pressed inside". If there are no letters it may be torn. If there are letters this should be avoided if possible, but otherwise one may tear a package even if it may tear some letters. ...

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