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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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