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Eruvin Made Easy part 3: 600,000 is a Big Number
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Do you need 600,000 people passing through daily for an area to be considered a reshut harabim? If there are less is an area still considered reshut harabim if it meets the other criteria (e.g. 16 amot wide)? How do you count 600,000 people? In what size area? Over the course of how much time?
Eruvin Made Easy part 1: Does Your City Have Doors?
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The biblical prohibition of carrying is carrying between a reshut harabim and a reshut hayachid. Included (possibly a halacha l’Moshe MiSinai) is carrying 4 amot in a reshut harabim. MiD’rabbanan one may not carry from one reshut hayachid to an adjacent reshut hayachid on Shabbos (without an Eruv Chatzerot). Our eruvin are made using doorways. […]
Promising on Shabbos
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When one adds “בלי נדר” to a statement, he/she is still obligated to keep their word. If so you are still making a type of neder. Can one do make a neder or be matir neder on Shabbos?
Glue, Scotch Tape, or Neither on Shabbos
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Can you use glue, scotch tape, or Post-it Note on Shabbos? Is it considered תופר (which is defined as attaching two things together)? What if it’s temporary? Is there a difference between sewing and other forms of attaching when it comes to temporary תפירה? How would this apply to diapers or band-aids?
Ripping a Candy Wrapper on Shabbos
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Can you open a candy wrapper or bag of potato chips on Shabbos if it will cause you to rip the letters? The Rama says that eating a cookie with writing on it is erasing. The Noda B’Yehuda says the Rama is not referring to breaking the cookie just to eat it (e.g. for segula […]
Swimming on Shabbos
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Swimming in a river is prohibited on Shabbos since you may come to make a raft (בונה). The mechaber rules that swimming in a private pool is prohibited for the same reason. The Mishna Brurah writes that if the water doesn’t reach the top of the pool, it’s permitted. However, he writes that the minhag […]