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732. Partitions of Reeds or Ropes
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Shabbos 16:18 If someone made an enclosure out of reeds, so long as there is less than three handbreadths (about 9”) between each reed and the one next to it, the partition is valid. Similarly, if one made a partition out of ropes, it is valid so long as there is less than three handbreadths […]
731. A Partition with Many Openings
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Shabbos 16:16 If a partition’s open area exceeds its closed area, it is not considered a partition at all. If the open area equals the closed area, one may carry within the enclosure so long as none of the openings exceeds ten cubits in width (about 15’). This is because an opening up to ten […]
730. Campers in Three Adjacent Enclosures
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Shabbos 16:14 Let’s say that three areas are enclosed for purposes other to serve as dwellings, are located next to one another, and open to one another. Furthermore, the two outside enclosures are wide and the one in the middle is narrow. There are barriers on either side around the outside areas. If three people […]
729. Forming a Caravan
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Shabbos 16:12                       Let’s say that someone spends Shabbos in a valley and he constructs a partition around his camp. If the enclosed area is no larger than needed to plant two seah of seed, he may carry throughout it. If the enclosure is larger than this, he may only carry within four cubits. The same […]
728. A Yard Behind Houses
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Shabbos 16:10 If a yard behind some houses is larger than needed to plant two seah of seed, one may only carry within four cubits, even when the houses open to the yard. If one makes an entrance from one of the houses to the yard and subsequently encloses it, then the yard would be […]
727. Reducing the Size of an Enclosure
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Shabbos 16:8 If an enclosure is larger than necessary to plant two seah of seed, so someone tries to reduce the area by planting trees, the enclosure is not considered reduced. If one installs a pillar ten handbreadths tall (about 30”) and at least three handbreadths wide (9”) next to the wall, the enclosure is […]
Waving and Covering the Eyes
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It is customary for women to wave their hands and then cover their eyes when reciting the blessing upon the Shabbat candles. The reason for this is to comply with the halachic principle that a blessing must precede the performance of a mitzva, and not the reverse. Contrary to popular misconception, the lighting of the […]