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Causing Cars to Stop on Shabbos

Question: Is one allowed to stand by a `zebra` crossing on Shabbos The law and general expectation for divers is to stop when a person is standing there. The question is therefore twofold. If the driver is a goy there may be an Amira l`nochri question. But more importantly, in an area which has a large percentage of non religious yidden, is there a problem of causing a yid to stop (and consequently drive of ...

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Inviting someone who will drive on Shabbos

Question: Hi, I was hoping you can share the Rav's thoughts on inviting someone that will drive for a Shabbos meal, In the case of the individual being offered a place to stay and clearly understands you prefer they not drive. I would like add a point, does the Rav feel in this particular question being that I normally ask my shailos to poskim the USA who would site Rav Moshe's ruling that it would be forbi ...

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Digital Water Meters

Question:  In recent years, in many cities in America, Israel, and other countries the water providers have switched over from manual to digital water meters. Since that time there has been much debate as to their permissibility for shabbos use. What is the Rav’s opinion on this matter? Answer: Water may be used normally on shabbos, even if the providers switch the meters to a digital model. תשובת מורנו הרב ...

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Stitching a wound on Shabbat

Question: I am a surgeon and live in a religious neighborhood. On Shabbat there are commonly children who suffer from lacerations that require stitching. In place of traveling to the hospital and being stuck there for the duration of Shabbat, they come to me and I stitch them up. Is this permissible or are they required to travel to the hospital and have a non jew do the stitching? Answer: It is permissible ...

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Foam Contraceptive on Shabbos

Question: Is it permissible to use foam contraceptive on Shabbos? It is liquid in a pressurized can which turns into foam as it is released from the can, similar to cans of shaving cream and whipped cream. Answer: Any device which creates foam from a liquid should not be used on Shabbos. A replacement contraceptive should be found for Shabbos.   תשובת מורנו הרב: במה ששאלתם לדעתי אם מותר להשתמש בשבת במי ...

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Amira L’Akum

Question: The shul I daven in Friday Night has a problem with the electricity. As a result in the summer months when the air conditioning is running, there are power outages from time to time. When this happens before Maariv is it permissible to ask a non jew to turn on the electricity? Answer: A non jew should be hinted to about the outage and what needs to be done [“it is dark in the shul”]. In this manne ...

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Water filters on Shabbos

Question: Recently a number of Rabbonim have ruled that water filters installed under the sink, which retain water in the filtration chamber in between uses, in which the water sits mixed with charcoal particles, are forbidden to use on Shabbos because of the melocha of Borer. What is the Rav’s ruling on this matter? Answer: These filters should be treated no differently than all standard filters. Therefore ...

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