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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 Shabbat

מוקצה דבעלי חיים הן הלכה פשוטה היא דבעלי חיים מוקצין בשבת וכמבואר במשנה (שבת קכ"ח ע"ב) לגבי אפרוחים, תרנגולים, עגלים וסייחים, וכ"ה בשו"ע (סימן ש"ח סעיף ל"ט – מ') "אסור לטלטל בהמה, חיה ועוף, ואעפ"י כן מותר לכפות את הסל לפני האפרוחים, כדי שיעלו וירדו בו, ובעודם עליו, אסור לטלטלו: כל בהמה חיה ועוף מדדים אותם בחצר, דהיינו שאוחז בצוארן ובצדדים ומוליכן, אם צריכין הבע"ח לכך, ובלבד שלא יגביהם בענין שיעקרו רגליהם מן ...

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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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Asking Child to do Melacha

Asking Child to do Melacha after Accepting Shabbos Early Question: Shalom If I am accept Shabbos early and then I realize that I need a melacha done for Shabbos. Am I allowed to ask my son who is a minor [under 13] to do a melacha for me? It is my understanding that there is a machlokes rishonim if "shvisas bno" [the prohibition of having one's child do melacha for him] is a regular prohibition of "lo sachi ...

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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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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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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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Preventable Chillul Shabbat

Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א On shabbat two sons call ( via phone) for help as their father begins to feel unwell complaining of chest pain. One calls the patient's doctor who knows him well and lives at the end of town. The other son not aware of what the other relative is doing, calls hatzola who arrive within minutes and take the patient away. Meanwhile the patient's Dr who is Jewish is travelling towards ...

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