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688. The Diagonal of a Four-Cubit Square
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Shabbos 12:17 Based on principles detailed in the previous few halachos, it is permitted for a person to pick an object up in the public domain and give it to a friend who is within his four-cubit box. The friend may then give it to another friend who is next to him, and so on. […]
687. Transporting Within a Four-Cubit Square
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Shabbos 12:15 One may move objects four cubits by four cubits in the public domain within a square next to where he is standing. These are personal cubits, measured according to each person’s arm. If one has unnaturally short arms, out of proportion with his body size, he is given four standard cubits, based on […]
686. Carrying in an Unusual Manner
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Shabbos 12:13 One is not liable for transporting an object between domains on the back of his hand, with his foot, in his mouth, in the crook of his arm, in his ear, in the pocket of a garment worn upside-down, in between the layers of his clothes, in the hem of his garment, or […]
685. Transporting On the Shoulders
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Shabbos 12:11 One who transfers part of an object from one of type of domain (either public or private) to the other is not liable. One is only liable for transferring an entire object between domains. For example, if a vessel is full of items – even mustard seeds, which are tiny – and a […]
684. Picking Up and Putting Down
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Shabbos 12:9 One who transfers an object from one domain to another is not liable unless he transfers an object of a useful size from a private domain to a public domain or vice versa. Also, he must take the object up in one domain and place it down in the other domain. One is […]
Making Early Shabbat
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One will often find congregations davening ma’ariv on Friday evenings well before the preferred time, which is nightfall. Some congregations even recite ma’ariv before sunset. The Talmud sanctions this practice and notes that there were great sages who regularly did so, especially on Fridays, in order to be able to begin Shabbat a little earlier […]