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Inviting Shabbos Guests for Kiruv

Question: What does the Rav hold about inviting non-religious Jews for a Fri night meal, when they live 25-45 miles away? a) when you send them a flyer through an email, not putting them on the spot to come, but rather informing them there is a meal going on locally. There are some locals attending, and these people who live farther out are also being included. It could even end up being that the majority o ...

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Shabbos Make Up

Question: May one use powder based "shabbos" make up on shabbos? Many woman are embaressed when tvilah falls on Friday Night, and they are unable to apply any make up after tevilah? Answer: It would seem that even powder based make up does in fact fall under the prohibition of Tzoveah, on a rabbininc level, and as such should not be used on Shabbos. In a case of great need such as Tevilah, one could be leni ...

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Melting Snow with Salt

Question: I saw your response permitting shoveling snow on shabbos. Sometimes shoveling by itself is very time consuming and insufficient. Would it be permissible to pour salt over a walkway in front of a shul, which would melt the salt and make it safe for people to walk? Answer: Melting snow or ice is generally prohibited because of the principle of "molid", creating a new entity on shabbos. In a situatio ...

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Shoveling Snow on Shabbos

Question: How can I clear a path from snow on Shabbos. I am asking with regards to a private home and in addition the path in front of the shul. May one shovel snow normally? Is it permissible to have a non – Jew shovel? Answer: A path covered with snow or ice poses great danger for injury. This is especially true in a public area such as a shul or apartment building, where there the elderly and children al ...

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Swapping Shifts in Hospital on Shabbos

Question: שלום It has become commonplace for observant frum doctors in חוץ לארץ to swap their shabbos shifts with non- jewish colleagues in order to avoid חילול שבת. It is (in my experience) virtually impossible to do this on a regular basis particularly on Friday afternoons of winter months when shabbos begins early in the afternoon. שאלה: if one works in a hospital where there are possibly a number of jew ...

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Keeping a Store Opened on Shabbos

Question: My brother and I are interested in buying a store that has been opened for the past 40 years and run by an orthodox Yid for the past ten years. The store runs from Monday-Saturday. The owner who is selling the business advised that if we do not keep the store opened for Shabbos, we will drastically lose customers. I understand that their is some kind of contract that can be made with a non-Jew to ...

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Selling and Buying on Ebay on Shabbos

Question: SHOLOM IS IT PERMITTED TO SELL/BUY ITEMS ON EBAY WHEN THE SALE DAY IS ON SHABBOS? ONE DOES NOT ACTUALLY PURCHASE THE ITEM, IT IS MERELY A COMMITMENT TO THE OTHER PARTY. THE ACTUAL ACQUISITION WILL TAKE PLACE LATER. I AM REFERREING TO A COUNTRY WHERE THE MAJORITY OF SALES ARE BY NON JEWS. MANY THANKS Answer:  Placing a bid or an item on ebay, which will automatically process on Shabbos, would seem ...

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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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Make-up on shabbos

Question: According to the Igros Moshe (1:114) one can use non-oil based powder on Shabbos as it is not miskayem at all and therefore no issur derabonon. I understand that many poskim dispute this on various grounds. On the other hand, since this is the norm for the people/friends around us it can be uncomfortable for my wife to refrain. In particular, when leil tevilah is on shabbos there could be an addit ...

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