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Muktzeh Water in Bucket on Shabbos

Question: Before Shabbos, I checked the central air-conditioning unit in my basement and saw that the pump system that's supposed to remove the condensed water was not working. To avoid it overflowing into the basement, I put the tube into a bucket so that it would drain. On Shabbos afternoon, I saw that the bucket was almost full and wondered if I could empty it or replace it with an empty one, or if there ...

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Bosis for Challah that is Tevel

Question: If I forgot to seperate Challah is the Challah a בסיס to the table that it was place on ערב שבת?? Answer: The question is a little unclear. I understand you are asking if the Challos which are tevel make the table a bosis. While the challos are muktzeh and may not be moved [other than in an abnormal way or by means of another object, to clear space on the table], the table would not be considered ...

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Security Cameras on Shabbos

Question: hello I saw the rav's answer on leaving on video cameras on shabbos (mutar), can the rav please explain his psak (I am doing research on this subject and I would like to know the rav's explanation on his heter). Thank you Answer: The people walking into the range of the cameras have no intent [and often no knowledge] of being recorded. Being that the cameras are on and running in any event, walkin ...

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Taking Pictures on Shabbos

Question: I need to be at a non religious Bar Mitzvah on Shabbos. The family will be hiring a photographer. If asked, can I pose for a picture if the photographer is not Jewish. What about if I'm sitting down and I see him taking my picture, should I ask him not to? Answer: The photographer does not have to be stopped from taking pictures, however you should not intentionally pose for any pictures. The phot ...

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Video cameras on Shabbos

Question: We are having video cameras installed all around the outside of our shul for safety reasons. Is it permissible to have them run 24/7 taking pictures/filming everyone who passes them? Would it be mutar to have them on a motion sensor to go on anytime someone passes by them? Answer: Securtiy cameras may be left on for the duration of Shabbos. As long as the people walking by have no intent to activa ...

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‘Play Tent’ on Shabbos

Question: Can children use a towel or blanket to spread across 2 chairs in order to make a play tent on shabbos or is there an issur of ohel involved in doing so? Answer: This would in fact be  a problem of ohel, as it is being made to use the area underneath and a tent with the height of a tefach is being made. The same would apply to building toys, such as lego and dupla, a structure with a roof the heigh ...

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Tearing toilet paper on shabbos

Question: In שו"ת מנחת אשר ח"א סי' כט אות ב the Rav seems to say that it is מותר to tear toilet paper on Shabbos. It that his שיטה למעשה? Thank you. Answer: The Rav's intent there is that it does not involve the melacha of מחתך. However there would still bea problem of קורע. In the above tshuva, there is no קורע issue as the tearing is totally destructive. However with toilet paper the tearing creates a use ...

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Spreading Salt & Sand Mixture on Snow on Shabbos

Question: According to Maran shlita, on shabbat, would it be permitted to spread a salt and sand mixture in order to melt snow outside one's house if the floor is made up of cement or is there a חשש of בונה? Many thanks Answer: This would be permitted. There are two potential problems with spreading such a mixture on the walk on Shabbos. One would be the melocho of Boneh which you mentioned. In this regard ...

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Adding Table Leaves on Shabbat

Question: According to Maran Shlita is one permitted to add leaves to a table on shabbat? Can we compare the addition of table leaves to the same case in the gemara (shabbat 47a) of the plasterer's brush? Many thanks Answer: Yes, it may be added. This is more similar to the plasterer's brush than to the traveler's bed which is prohibited. Here as with the brush this is part of the use of the table, to make ...

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Removing Blu-Tack on Shabbos

Question: Is it mutar for a gabai to take down a sign during bein hashmashos that says to say yaale veyavo which is stuck to a wall with blue tack in order that the kahal shouldn't make a mistake over Shabbos - do we say shvus deshvus? Answer: Blue Tack is designed to be temporary and easily removed, specifically not to create a permanent connection or attachment. It would seem in fact permissible to remove ...

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