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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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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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