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Laws of Shabbos #123

Removing a scab that presumably will not bleed is allowed. This is because it is dry blood and does not actually grow out of the body. (The Shabbos home, page 161)

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Laws of Shabbos #122

Cutting nails without scissors or a clipper is forbidden Rabbinically. Therefore, if a nail becomes more than halfway detached and it is painful, one may rip or bite it off.

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Laws of Shabbos #121

One of the 39 melachos is shearing. This was done in the Mishkan as they would shear sheep for their wool. Included in this prohibition is removing anything that grows on a body. It is therefore forbidden on Shabbos to cut hair, cut nails, and remove loose or dead skin.

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Laws of Shabbos #120

In a scenario where a fire is clearly not life threatening but may cause some financial loss one should pour liquid around it to cause it to extinguish. However, it is very hard to distinguish between what is life threatening and not as a fire can quickly grow out of control. In any scenario where more »

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Laws of Shabbos #119

The rabbis decreed that one may not read to the light of an oil candle on Shabbos because one may come to strengthen the light by moving it. The Mishna Berurah quotes two opinions about whether this decree applies to wax candles and does not weigh in. It is therefore best to avoid doing so more »

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Laws of Shabbos #118

On a windy day, opening a window or door that is next to a candle is forbidden as it will most probably cause the flame to go out. To prevent a candle from being extinguished by closing a door or window is permitted.

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Laws of Shabbos #117

Extinguishing a fire is Biblically prohibited. If one is moving a table that has a lit candle placed on it, one must be careful to move it gently as moving the oil closer to the wick could cause the fire to be strengthened and moving it away causes the flame to be weakened.

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Laws of Shabbos #116

Using hot water from a tap or an instant hot is forbidden as taking the water from the tank causes the heating element to start up. Similarly, opening an oven door to put food in an oven equipped with a thermostat on Shabbos (aside from considerations of cooking on Shabbos) will cause the flame to more »

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Laws of Shabbos #115

Lighting a fire on Shabbos is Biblically prohibited. Included in the prohibition are turning on an incandescent light bulb (the filament turns red and is a form of a flame) or a fluorescent light (a spark is used to start the lighting and this is equivalent to starting a fire). Other lights cannot be turned more »

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Laws of Shabbos #114

Suntanning and walking outside with glasses that turn into sunglasses is permitted on Shabbos. (Putting on suntan lotion is prohibited. Suntan spray is permitted.)

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