Yachad Shabbaton Nov. 11.

Daily Halacha

Laws of the Shiva Asar B’Tammuz

Today is Shiva Asar B’Tammuz. The fast begins at 4:37 AM and ends at 9:23 PM. If one is fasting and feels truly incapable of functioning due to the fasting, they should break their fast. Feel free to contact me if you are uncertain as to whether you meet that criteria. If one has a more »

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Laws of Shabbos #93

Putting water on a tablecloth and scrubbing it would be included in this prohibition. One should be strict not to do so even with a nylon tablecloth. A plastic tablecloth – According to some one may not scrub at all, whereas according to Rav Moshe Feinstein, one may pour water and scrub gently. One may more »

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Laws of Shabbos #92

Soaking is a form of laundering and therefore prohibited. This applies to all easily absorbent fabrics. One may soak items that do not easily absorb water through and through. Some examples are leather, plastic, and nylon. Therefore, soft mud may be removed by placing the shoe in water and not rubbing it provided the shoelaces more »

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Laws of Shabbos #91

Washing clothing, even a part of clothing is included in the prohibition against laundering on Shabbos. For example, one may not even pour water over a stained area to prevent it from spreading or setting in. The prohibition does not include utensils. One may wash utensils made out of hard material.  

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Laws of Shabbos #90

One of the 39 activities prohibited on Shabbos is laundering. In the Mishkan they would clean the sheared wool from all dirt. Included in this prohibition is any form of laundering or removal of stains. Generally speaking there are three components to the laundering process; soaking, scrubbing, and squeezing the wet item to release its liquid. more »

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Laws of Shabbos #88

One may remove the plastic seal like those found on a cup of yogurt or a jar of coffee. One may puncture the hole on a juice box.

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Laws of Shabbos #87

Twisting off a bottle cap – A metal bottle cap cannot be removed from its ring on Shabbos as one is creating a utensil out of the cap. One may first puncture the cap with a knife, making it unusable, and then twist off the cap. A plastic cap can be removed in the regular more »

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Laws of Shabbos #86

Opening soda or beer cans on Shabbos is quite similar of an issue to yesterday’s post. It is better not to open such a can on Shabbos. A middle of the ground approach is to open it only partially, large enough for a straw but not large enough for a proper opening. (Rabbi Ostroff)

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Laws of Shabbos #85

Opening cans on Shabbos (ex. can of tuna) – There are a variety of opinions when it comes to opening such cans as some see it as creating a functional utensil and others seeing the problem with creating a good opening. A common approach that attempts to incorporate different views is to open the can more »

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Laws of Shabbos #84

Peeling apart the sealed top of a cardboard milk or juice carton – This case is a little different than the discussion of the cereal box or bag of chips as the spout is made up of cardboard that is glued quite well. Many see opening such a carton as tearing and therefore forbid opening more »

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