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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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Breaking Door on Shabbos

Breaking Door on Shabbos Question: A student asked me the following. A guest got locked in his bathroom on Shabbos and she started to hyperventilate. He and his wife couldn't find the superintendent to take off the door, so he unscrewed the door. He asked me if what he did was correct. I first thought of the Gemara in Yoma about a child locked in the room, and Rashi explains that it is permitted since the c ...

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Refrigerators on shabbos

Refrigerators on shabbos Question: Shalom u'vrachah. What is the rav's opinion regarding using digital refrigerators on shabbos? Answer: Any digital display that is activated by opening the door, keeping it open or closing it should be deactivated for Shabbos. This is similar to a light which goes on when opening the door, which must be deactivated for Shabbos.  Most of these fridges have a bypass option to ...

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Fridge light on shabbos

Fridge light on shabbos Question: With regards to a doctor who is on a shift in chutz la'aretz, He needs to store his food in the communal staff fridge which has an electric bulb that was not removed before shabbos 1. can he ask a goy to open the fridge? 2. open the fridge (with a shinuy) and rely on opinion of poskim who hold that electricity is molid? 3. not eat the food on shabbos.? Many thanks. Answer: ...

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Tallis by Mincha on Shabbos

Tallis by Mincha on Shabbos Question: What is the mekor / reason for the universal minhag that an oileh la`Torah on Shabbos Minchah keeps the Talis on till after Kedushoh? And does this minhag also apply on Taanessim? Many thanks and kind regards, Answer: In fact this is not  universal minhag, rather minhag of shuls which follow German/Yekkish customs. The source is unclear, more than just that - minhag. So ...

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Accepting Shabbat with Community

Accepting Shabbat with Community Question: Shalom Rabbi! Here in St. Petersburg during the summer the day is very long. We have two minyanim in the city: a big one (big chabad shul) and our a small one. The big shul accepts shabbat early and we accept later. The question is when we have no minyan on shabbat are we obliged to accept shabbat as big shul or we can accept it as usual. Can we accept later than u ...

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