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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 […]
Flu Shot on Shabbos
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Given the fact that vaccines are so important not just for one’s own health but for the public’s health as well, can a shot be administered on Shabbos? The Shulchan Aruch discusses preparing a defense against a possible enemy attack. Does this apply to vaccination?
The False Hatzolah Call
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Twenty people show up at a hatzalah call when only three are needed. It could have been avoided with a phone call. Should/can you violate Shabbos to tell Hatzalah that no one (else) needs to come?