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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 […]
496. Right Before Shabbos
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72:21 Continuing to speak of methods of keeping food warm before modern technology, let’s say that someone insulated a pot of coffee on Friday for use on Shabbos by placing it in a pit and covering it with pillows and blankets. If he wants to insulate it in sand, which is a substance that adds […]
495. More about Ovens
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Please note: the ovens described in the following halachos are not like our modern ovens. Please consult with your rabbi for matters of practical application. 72:19 While a person may warm food in an unsealed oven on Shabbos, this applies only when the food was already warmed for a long time before Shabbos began. In […]
494. Ovens
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72:17 When food is cooked by placing the pot in hot coals (which, obviously, is not our modern practice), one must remove it from the coals before Shabbos begins. If one neglected to do so and then wanted to take the pot on Shabbos, he may not do so because moving the pot would inevitably […]