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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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IVF Baby – Bris Milah on Shabbos

Question: לכבוד מרן שליט׳א Can a baby boy who was born on shabbos after his parents underwent IVF have his bris on shabbos? Many thanks. Answer: A natural birth following IVF should be treated as all other natural births, and the baby should have his bris on Shabbos. תשובת מרנו הרב במה ששאל לדעתי בתינוקות שנולדו מטיפולי הפריה חוץ גופית (IVF) אם מילתן דוחה שבת. ידעתי וגם שמעתי שיש מגדולי הדור שפסקו שאין מילת ...

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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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Muktzeh Status of Medication

Question: An ill person takes his liquid/tablet medication (with a very bitter taste; once a day dose) and forgets to put them away on shabbos leaving them on the table in his kitchen. On shabbos he has some unexpected guests and prefers that they don't see the medication. Is he permitted to move the medication or are they considered מוקצה מחמת גופו and therefore they can only be covered? Thank you. Answer: ...

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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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Hospital Shift on Shabbat

Question: לכבוד הרבנים ומרן הגאב׳ד שליט׳א A junior doctor who is having to work on a shift in a hospital on shabbat (בחוץ לארץ אם חולים שאינם יהודים) 1. When liaising with colleagues (for urgent and non-urgent matters relating to patient care) is it preferable to send messages via text messages (SMS) or to phone using a smart phone or regular (landline) phone? 2. What is considered a shinuy when having to u ...

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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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Cutting Vegetables with a Vegetables Slicer on Shabbos

Question: I wanted to know if I am allowed to make salad on Shabbos using a vegetables slicer, a machine which slices the vegetables through pressing, which has different size knives. Does this constitute the prohibition of tochen – grinding? Does this involve the prohibition of tekiah when I place the correct knife into its designated place in the slicer.   Answer: It is prohibited to use the slicer o ...

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Placing Dishes in the Dishwasher on Shabbos

Question: Am I allowed to partially wash my dirty dishes which bother me, and place them in my dishwasher? If so, can I also remove the other dishes from the dishwasher to have room for these dirty dishes, even if the dishes are kelim shemelachtam le’issur, such as pots or a garlic press?   Answer: One is allowed to set-up the dishes in the dishwasher and this does not involve any prohibition of preparation ...

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