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505. Lighting Shabbos Candles
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75:1 A person must stop performing prohibited acts of labor (melacha) and light candles at least half an hour before the stars appear. If they said “Mizmor Shir l’Yom haShabbos” (Psalm 92) in the community’s shul, even as much as two hours before nightfall, then Shabbos applies even to those not present and all must […]
504. Boats and the Techum Shabbos
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74:3 In a case where a person may embark on a ship on Friday, it is permitted if he boarded it on Friday and stayed there until nightfall. Even if he then went home and slept in his house, he may board the ship on Shabbos day, provided that the ship is not traveling exclusively […]
503. Boarding a Boat Prior to Shabbos
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74:1 A person should not embark on a boat in order to go to sea less than three days before Shabbos, i.e., from Wednesday on. (Mishnah Brurah 248:4 cites an opinion that the three days include Shabbos itself, so one may board on Wednesday but not Thursday.) However, if one is going on the journey […]
502. Renting Tools for Use on Shabbos
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73:10 Utensils that are used to perform acts of labor (melacha), such as a plow, may not be rented to a non-Jew on Friday. (Some say this only applies to utensils used to perform Biblically-prohibited forms of labor but not rabbinic acts of labor – Bi’ur Halacha 246:1 s.v. k’gon machrisha.) Even though we are […]
501. A Non-Jew Performing Labor on Shabbos
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73:8 A Jew may not permit a non-Jew to perform acts of labor in his home on Shabbos. Even a non-Jewish household employee who wants to do the labor for himself should be instructed not to do so. (Some authorities permit the non-Jew to perform acts of labor for himself – Mishnah Brurah 244:30.) 73:9 […]
500. Renting One’s Business for Shabbos
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73:6 If a non-Jew built a building for a Jew by working impermissibly on Shabbos, it would be best for the Jew to act stringently and not even enter the building. There are, however, many conflicting laws and opinions in the matter. (There are leniencies – see, for example, Mishnah Brurah 244:20. Please consult your […]
497. A Non-Jew Performing Labor for a Jew
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72:23 Every person must check his or her clothes on Friday afternoon to make sure that there’s nothing in their pockets. This is true even in a place where there is an eiruv since one might have an object that may not be handled on Shabbos. (He should also check his pockets on Shabbos if […]