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Walking Dog on Shabbos

Walking Dog on Shabbos Question: Is one allowed to walk a dog on shabbos, with a leash? if we go with the opinion that a dog is muktzeh, how can one "steer" a dog on shabbos? Answer: Even if we assume that a pet dog is muktzeh on Shabbos it would still be permissible to attach a leash and take him for a walk. When attaching the leash the dog should not be  intentionally moved or touched. Incidental touching ...

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Sephardim Carrying in Eruv

Question: In general, can a Sephardi carry within an eruv which relies on tzurat hapetach? Although it's mentioned in some poskim that it's best to avoid carrying, can a doctor going to visit a patient on shabbat rely on the Eruv? What is the Rav's view on this? Answer: A properly constructed Eruv which makes use of Tzuras Hapesach may be used by Sefardim and Ashkenazim alike. In an area when there is quest ...

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Tums on Shabbos

Question: Is one allowed to take tums chewable tablets on Shabbat/Yom Tov? Answer: Tums are not actually a medicine, but rather a calcium supplement. When being used to maintain calcium intake and levels, i.e. as a nutritional supplement they may be taken on Shabbos. When they are being taken to treat various ailments such as indigestion and heartburn, it would depend on the severity of the condition. If on ...

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Maid Filled Urn on Shabbos

Maid Filled Urn on Shabbos Question: I noticed on shabbos that a maid in my house added water to the urn so it would be full. I then asked her how she filled it and she told me that she took water from the insta-hot spout on my sink and added that into the urn. It is my understanding that if she put in cold water into the urn all the water would be assur to drink on shabbos. Is the din any different with ho ...

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Melting Cheese on Shabbos

Melting Cheese on Shabbos Question: Is one permitted to melt cheese on shabbos on a blech? Answer: There are a number of problems with melting cheese on a blech on Shabbos [while the first 2 may be avoidable, it would seem the third problem will always apply and hence prohibit melting cheese on Shabbos]: Cooking:   it must be verified if the cheese was actually fully cooked in the production process. If not ...

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Hashem’s Name in Zemiros Shabbos

Hashem's Name in Zemiros Shabbos Question: Is it proper to say they Shem HaShem when singing Zemiros, or should "HaShem" be said instead? Answer: Whenever reciting a full pasuk, in Torah study, or Zemiros Shabbos, Hashem's name may be recited. However many have the custom to say "Hashem" in place of the name of Hashem. In many instances this is recommendable, being that in the middle of Zemiros Shabbos many ...

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Toothbrushing on Shabbat

Toothbrushing on Shabbat Question: I am a dentist and I was learning the the halachos of brushing on Shabbat. In Rav Ovadia Yosef's Tshuva he quotes Rav Zweig who said toothbrushing was assur due to refuah. Rav Yosef disagreed because he said that brushing only removes the food stuff from the teeth so it is only mavriach ari, no refuah is happening. However, this is not so true based on the current research ...

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Fridges and Shabbos

Fridges and Shabbos Question: What should be done regarding today's fridges that have sensors? Is it permissible to open them at all on shabbos? Does a shinui help? Is it called a goirem when the sensors go on when I open the door or is it a gram d'grama? Can the rav explain in detail so we can know what to do on shabbos Answer: Any obvious activation of an electronic device, such as a digital display which ...

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Post-It Notes on Shabbos

Post-It Notes on Shabbos Question: May one put on or remove post-it notes [that are stuck on to paper] on Shabbat? Answer: Yes, they may be used as they are non permanent and clearly designed to come on and off. Hence there would be no problem of the melacha of sewing [tofer]. There are those who are stringent unless it will be taken off within a day. Sources: See Shu”t Minchas Asher Vol. 2:39, Nishmas Shab ...

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Light Up Shoes on Shabbos for Children

Question: Is it permissible to allow ones children to wear shoes that light up when they walk on Shabbos based on the fact that it is a psik reisha on a rabbinic prohibition in a case of Rabbinic obligation of children. In addition would the case of a child with special needs be a further mitigating factor for leniency in this case or other cases of toys that light up or make sounds Answer: Wearing such sho ...

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