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Pets on Shabbos

Question: What is Rav Asher Weiss' shita on moving and petting pets on Shabbos? Answer: Pets that are intended for petting and playing with, as are the common household pets, are not classified as muktzeh on Shabbos. The Rav's opinion is that while this is the ikar hadin, there is room for stringency in this regard. For one who has a need for use of pets, such as seeing eye dogs, service dogs, or even for t ...

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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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Tefillah on Shabbos

Question: Why do we say Elokai Nitzor at the end of all Shabbos tefillos if we are not allowed to ask for personal bakashos on shabbos and elokai is a tefillah for personal requests? Answer: This question was asked by the Or Zarua [one of the Rishonim]. In his sefer Or Zarua Vol. 2 Siman 89, in the halachos of Motzai Shabbos he explains that this is permitted because it is a regular part of the davening, so ...

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Dialysis on Shabbos

Question: Kvod haRav, I have been dealing with a rare blood lymphoma since 2009. LCDD (light Chain Deposition Disease) affects kidneys, heart or lungs. In my case, my kidneys were effected. After testing At a moderately high level of 1530 light chains, my doctor eventually decided to give me "light chemo" for ten months. Light chains went down to 49. (Ratio to heavy chains was 1.5/1 or normal) Baruch HaShem ...

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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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Bishul Akum

Question: On Friday night a few minutes after shkiyah, the electricity went out in our house [there was an excess of appliances because of a family simcha]. We were told that during Bein Hashmashos it is permissible to ask a non-jew to turn on the electricity [we asked the maid]. The cholent however was totally raw at that point  and had to be turned on separately. Was the cholent forbidden to eat because o ...

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Misasseik

Question: Sholom A question which has halocho lemaysse implications: The acharoinim argue about the concept of misasseik. R Akiva Eiger`s opinion on the one side who holds its merely a p`tur in korbon whilst many others argue and hold the action is not misyaches to the person at all "vehu ke`maasse koif" If a person walks out of a reshus hayochid and realises that he has an item in his pocket, the halocho i ...

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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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