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Deactivating Alarm on Shabbos

Question: If someone's alarm is sounding on Shabbos and there is no non-Jew available to either hint or tell to deactivate, is there any heter, perhaps through a shinuy, for a Jew to turn it off since it is quite bothersome to the people in the house and to neighbors?  Might there be a distinction between day and night [when people are sleeping]? Answer: Deactivating an alarm on Shabbos, may only involve an ...

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Light Sensors on Shabbos

Question: Many poskim permit walking by a motion sensor light on Shabbos if the light will not benefit him in anyway [but if possible and not inconvenient, best to avoid it entirely].  I also headr that Rav Asher Weiss shlit"a is of this opinion in light of his position about electricity as found in the teshuvos.  I saw in one place that a Jewish owner must deactivate the sensor.  Is this necessary?  Would ...

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Carrying on Shabbos on an Island

Question: I am going on vacation to the Bahamas which is entirely surrounded by the ocean. Am I permitted to carry on Shabbos whilst on an island surrounded by the ocean (ie can the ocean be considered as walls) or not? Answer: While the seashore or beachfront surrounding an island may theoretically serve as proper mechitzos to create a Rshus Hayachid, practically speaking a person vacationing on an island ...

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Nebulizer on Shabbos for Infant

Question: I have a 2 month old son whom the doctor perscribed to use a nebulizer every 4 hours to help treat his bronchiolitis. What is the perferable way to administer this machine on Shabboss. Thank you. Answer: A nebulizer which is required for Shabbos use, may be set up with a timer before Shabbos. When it is activated it may be used normally. The dosage of medicine may be measured and added to the rece ...

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Lego on Shabbos

Question: Is a child permitted to play with Lego on shabbos? Many thanks. Answer: Playing with lego is permitted on Shabbos. The pieces connect in what is considered a weak connection, specifically designed to easily come apart, and rebuild. Even specific figures that are built from a lego set are generally taken apart soon after their building and rebuilt differently or even the same way. One who intends t ...

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Shutting Down Homepage for Shabbos

Question: Sholom uVrocho, I maintain a website covering a book about the parasha and containing a weekly parshezettel available for download and as a "Blog". In the summer I used to shut down the homepage on Erev Shabbos, but than it took me a while to restart it on Mozzei Shabbos/Sunday. Now in the winter its much harder to shut if off right before shabbos and I would have to do it a lot earlier. As you ca ...

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Amira Lakum for Kiruv Rechokim

Question: I officiate as a rabbi once a month in a primarily non religious community, my wife is rarely able to venture out of the house because of the kids and lack of eruv, and is unable to partake in any kiruv involvement in the shul, such as meeting members and building relationships that would lead to potential chavrusas and shabbos meals, are we able to use a pusher to facilitate her freedom from the ...

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Closing Beeping Fridge

Question: A fridge door gets opened by mistake with the Shabbos setting not turned on. It starts beeping loudly. And the whole mishpacha can't sleep (the wife) can you be somech on a shvus deshvus and close the door with a shinui. Or is it only that we are somech on that with amira leakum if so where is it mefurash. And also If you close the door and the beeping goes off inadvertently is that called a grama ...

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Asking a Non Jew to do a Melocho Be`shinuy

Question: I was wondering if lehalocho one could be meikil to ask a goy to do a melocho be`shinuy for it to be a shvus deshvus Harav Sh. Z. Auerbach (in Minchas Shlomo) is reluctant to be meikil but in Orchos Shabbos various sources are being quoted to allow. And if so, surely one could ask `directly` wothout derech remiso as with any other Shvus de`Shvus Many thanks Answer: As you mentioned this issue is d ...

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Reflective Vest on Shabbos Without Eruv

Question: Is it permissible to wear a reflector (for car headlights to reflect off) over one's jacket or coat on Shabbos where there is no eruv? Answer: The general principle with Maleches Hotzaah is that something defined as a “load” being carried violates this prohibition. If however something is being worn as either a garment or jewelry this is not considered “carrying a load” and is permitted [barring a ...

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