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Shabbat: F – Food Preparation
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SHABBAT: FOOD PREPARATION Checking Product for Bugs on Shabbat You may check produce for bugs on Shabbat or Jewish festivals but: On Shabbat, you may not remove any bugs. REASON: You may not move it with your hand due to the bug’s being muktza and you may not rinse it off on Shabbat due to […]
Shabbat: D-E – Doors, Elevators, Exercise
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Doors, Replacing  Due to the melacha of boneh (building), on Shabbat you may not replace a: Door onto its hinges, or Sliding door onto its track. Door Knocker You may not use a knocker on a door on Shabbat. You may knock on a door using your fist or knuckles. Dragging Heavy Objects You may […]
Shabbat: C (part 2) – Children, Clothing
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CHILDREN Melacha You may not have any child, even if younger than gil chinuch, do melacha for you on Shabbat. Ball Playing in Yard or Eruv If a private yard is enclosed, playing ball is not forbidden. Within a city eruv, do not play ball. Retrieving Ball You may retrieve a ball or other item […]
Shabbat: C (part 1) – Carrying
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CANDLESTICKS You may not remove candle holders from a table on Shabbat, but you may ask a non-Jew to remove them for you if you need the space. CARRYING (HOTZA’A) AND DOMAINS Transferring Object from Domain to Domain On Shabbat (or Yom Kippur), you may not transfer an object between and among domains unless there […]
Shabbat: B (Bathing, Books, Brushing Teeth, Business)
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BATHING Shabbat: Showering It is forbidden to shower on Shabbat. Blotting Hair You may blot your hair with a towel on Shabbat as long as you don’t squeeze or wring out your hair. BIOLUMINESCENCE You may use bioluminescent light on Shabbat and you may carry the light within an eruv or a building (if it is permitted to carry there), but you […]
Shabbat: A (Acquisitions, Animals)
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Shabbat: Permitted Acquisitions You may not acquire items (kinyan) on Shabbat unless they are needed for that Shabbat or for doing a mitzva. The classic example of doing something for Shabbat is bringing food or drink to a house for Shabbat lunch, which the house owner acquires on Shabbat for Shabbat. Other permissible kinyan on Shabbat: Giving a siddur or chumash to use on that Shabbat. Giving permissible medicine for use on that Shabbat. Shabbat: Moving […]
Havdala
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Introduction to Havdala Havdala is said after Shabbat, Jewish festivals, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur.  Shabbat havdala is more extensive than after Yom Kippur and Jewish festivals. Shabbat havdala consists of: Beverage: Wine, Grape Juice, or Chamar Medina Wine is always the preferred beverage for all havdalas because it is prestigious. Spices The extra soul we are given on Shabbatleaves after Shabbat is over, so we sniff a pleasant odor to cover […]
Shabbat Conclusion and Melave Malka
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Eating/Drinking before Havdala You should not eat or drink from sunset (or from the time you finish se’uda shlishit) until after havdala, but drinking water during that time period is not forbidden by halacha. Birkat HaMazon Additions for Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh Saturday Night SITUATION: Rosh Chodesh begins on Saturday night. You started se’uda shlishit and continued to eat–including eating at least […]
Se’uda Shlishit
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What To Eat for Se’uda Shlishit Ideally, fulfill the commandment of a third meal (se’uda shlishit) by: Washing hands, Saying the ha’motzi blessing over two challot, and Eating at least the minimum amount (1.9 fl. oz., or 56 ml) of bread. You may, however, fulfill the requirements of se’uda shlishit by eating any solid food […]
Shabbat Lunch
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Eating before Making Shabbat Kiddush You may eat non-mezonot and non-bread food before praying Shabbat shacharit and without making kiddush, in order to avoid hunger or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Women and Minimum Prayer before Saying Shabbat Kiddush The minimum prayer that a woman should say on Shabbat (or Jewish festival) morning before saying kiddush and eating some food is birchot ha’shachar. Eating Only after Fulfilling Shabbat Kiddush Requirements […]