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dishwasher – hachana on shabbas

Question: First of all, thank you very much for this incredible site-greatly appreciated! Regarding the issue of 'placing dishes in the dishwasher on Shabbas' you write: If one is worried that some food might stay stuck upon the dishes, thereby ruining them, or that it will make it that much harder to clean after Shabbos, one would be allowed to lightly clean them prior to placing them in the dishwasher. Th ...

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Rakevet Yisrael

Question: Is it permissible to ride the new "Gush-Dan" train system which was constructed on Shabbos? Answer: Yes, it is permissible. The parties involved in construction do not own the tracks or train, and even if they are not acting in accordance with halacha this would not apply the restrictions of maaseh Shabbos for the entire population, when it is being done against their will. [This is aside from the ...

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Tea on shabbos

Question: Is one able to use a kli shlishi to make tea on shabbos? Answer: This is a matter of debate among poskim. The Mishna Brura requires tea sense be made before Shabbos, yet he himself mentions the leniency of kli shlishi in other places. Igros Moshe allowed kli shlishi. So if you don't have an established custom or psak from your Rav, you should ideally avoid making tea in kli shlishi, and should pre ...

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Umbrella with no marit ayin

Question: kavod harav, I work for a Jewish old age home in a small Jewish community. Every other Shabbat I lead Shabbat morning services for the Jewish residents of the home. However in order to do this I have to walk over an hour to the old age home and an hour back (all within an eruv). If I don't lead services than it is likely that the residents will not have any davening during Shabbat. Not infrequentl ...

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taking out garbage on Shabbos follow up question

Question: Thank you very much for your reply to my question regarding the removal of garbage on Shabbos. Is it possible to clarify one point.When I throw out a disposable plate into the garbage and now it becomes disgusting, would the plate still retain its non muktzeh status? What about the edible food which I will not take out to give the dog, (I assume since I do not own one) because it became disgusting ...

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Taking out garbage on Shabbos

Question: I live in Canada where there are three types of garbage: blue bin, for recycling; green bin, for organic waste (food scraps...); and regular garbage, for disposable utensils and everything else. Many people have dogs as well where I live. With regards to Shabbos am I allowed to take out these garbages if 1) they were filled on Shabbos 2) they were partly filled before Shabbos. I wish to take out t ...

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Shabbos – Schita

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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