Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Shulchan Aruch cites challah-baking for Shabbos and Yom Tov as a mitzvah and a worthy practice “that should not be abandoned.” Indeed, it is a time-honored custom for women to bake challah loaves for Shabbos and Yom Tov, both because it enhances kavod Shabbos and kavod Yom Tov and because […]
Using a bathhouse immediately after Shabbos. What if a majority of the people who use it are gentiles? Using a steam room on Shabbos. Anointing one’s body with oil on Shabbos for medicinal vs. non-medicinal purposes. Anointing with oil for non-medicinal purposes is permissible with a shinui.
SETTING THE TABLE A tablecloth should cover the table during Jewish festival meals, but you may remove and switch tablecloths. Even if you have a beautiful and valuable table, you should still cover it for Jewish festival (and Shabbat) meals. JEWISH FESTIVALS: WHEN MEN START Jewish festivals begin for men at sunset or when they […]
Washing your hands, feet, and face on Shabbos. Drying one’s hair on Shabbos. Going to the mikvah on Shabbos for Takanat Ezra. Using a bar of soap on Shabbos violates ממחק (smoothing). Using liquid soap on Shabbos.
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Using a flute at a funeral on Motzei Shabbos if it was brought on Shabbos. A package received on Shabbos that wasn’t sent to arrive on Shabbos. Washing one’s entire body in hot water on Shabbos is prohibited. Washing part of your body with hot water is permitted. Using water heated by a hot spring […]
If a non-Jew does something for you on Shabbos that you couldn’t have done on your own (even a non-halachic reason). Taking in mail brought from outside the techum. Using the animal fodder brought by a non-Jew on Shabbos.