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Light Up Shoes on Shabbos for Children

Question: Is it permissible to allow ones children to wear shoes that light up when they walk on Shabbos based on the fact that it is a psik reisha on a rabbinic prohibition in a case of Rabbinic obligation of children. In addition would the case of a child with special needs be a further mitigating factor for leniency in this case or other cases of toys that light up or make sounds Answer: Wearing such sho ...

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‘Play Tent’ on Shabbos

Question: Can children use a towel or blanket to spread across 2 chairs in order to make a play tent on shabbos or is there an issur of ohel involved in doing so? Answer: This would in fact be  a problem of ohel, as it is being made to use the area underneath and a tent with the height of a tefach is being made. The same would apply to building toys, such as lego and dupla, a structure with a roof the heigh ...

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Lego on Shabbos

Question: Is a child permitted to play with Lego on shabbos? Many thanks. Answer: Playing with lego is permitted on Shabbos. The pieces connect in what is considered a weak connection, specifically designed to easily come apart, and rebuild. Even specific figures that are built from a lego set are generally taken apart soon after their building and rebuilt differently or even the same way. One who intends t ...

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