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The Dripping Air Conditioner
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If there’s water dripping from your air conditioner, is the water muktzah? The Shulchan Aruch rules you can put a kli under dripping rainwater and spill it out when it gets full as long as the water is usable. However the Mishna Brurah says dew from a tree is muktzah. Which case is more similar […]
Beaches, Sand and Muktzah
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The Mishna Brurah says that something that isn’t a kli or food or animal food is considered מוקצה מחמת גופו and he includes dirt, sand, and stones. Can you walk on the sand? Is a sandbox muktzah on Shabbos; can you designate the sand for use on Shabbos? Can a toy which is not a […]
Why I Let My Son Play With My Phone
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A כלי שמלאכתו לאיסור can be moved לצורך גופו ומקומו. Can you move a smartphone on Shabbos? It would appear to be מוקצה מחמת חסרון כיס, something very expensive that you wouldn’t use except for its intended purpose. The Beit Meir adds a caveat to this rule.
Tackling the Tuition Crisis on Shabbos
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We all have our ideas of how to solve the tuition crisis. Discussing and calculations related to paying workers is asur on Shabbos. If it has no practical application (e.g. the King’s net worth) is it permissible? Is it a violation of “ודבר דבר”? What if it’s something that is relevant not to you but […]