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Shema
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Mental Preparation When saying the shema, focus on the idea that God is: Everywhere, Infinite, Unique, Present now and always. Witness to God’s Uniqueness We are witnesses to the fact that God is unique, as alluded to in the word “eid“–made up of the “ayin” of shema and the “dalet” of echad. Love God We […]
628. What One May Request of a Non-Jew on Shabbos
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Shabbos 6:9 A Jew is permitted to direct a non-Jew to perform an activity that is not an act of labor and that is only prohibited on Shabbos to encourage rest (shvus), so long as it is necessary for a person in discomfort, for a compelling matter, or for a mitzvah. Shabbos 6:10 Because of […]
627. Waiting After Shabbos to Perform Labor
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Shabbos 6:7 If a city inhabited by both Jews and non-Jews has a bathhouse that is open on Shabbos, then if the majority of residents are non-Jews, it is permitted to bathe there immediately after Shabbos. If the majority of residents are Jewish, one must wait after Shabbos long enough so that the water could […]
626. Labors Performed Publicly
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Shabbos 6:5 Let’s say that non-Jews made a coffin, dug a grave or brought flutes to play dirges for a person who died. If this activity was carried out discreetly, one must wait until after Shabbos, long enough that the activity could have been performed on Saturday night, then the deceased may be buried using […]
624. Amira L’Akum
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Shabbos 6:1 We are not permitted to direct a non-Jew to perform work for us on Shabbos even though they are not required to keep Shabbos. This is so even if the instruction was conveyed before Shabbos and we do not need the fruits of their labor until after Shabbos. This is a rabbinical safeguard […]