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Laws of Shabbos #81

Tearing toilet paper on Shabbos is prohibited as it is tearing, a violation of koreiah. If one finds oneself in a situation where there are no tissues or cut toilet paper, one may tear toilet paper in an abnormal fashion, such as resting the paper on their leg and tearing it with their elbow. Though there more »

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Laws of Shabbos #80

There is a Biblical prohibition against tearing an item apart – Koreiah. This was done in the Mishkan when curtains would get holes by insects or wear and tear, they would rip the material a little bit larger than the hole so they could sew it up again. This being the prototype of Koreiah it more »

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Laws of Shabbos #79

Tape cannot be used on Shabbos. Similarly, one should not stick a sticker as it is an extension of ‘sewing.’ A sticky tab on a diaper may be used when putting a diaper on. As opposed to an adhesive which one plans on putting on for a limited amount of time which is forbidden, a more »

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Laws of Shabbos #78

Extensions of the prohibition of sewing are gluing, stapling, and the like. Buttoning and zipping, although they too bring two pieces together, are not considered a form of sewing and are allowed on Shabbos. The reason for this distinction is that the two sides or pieces that are brought together when zipped or buttoned are more »

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Laws of Shabbos #77

Included in the prohibition of sewing is the following scenarios: If the stitching of clothing starts to come undone and one were to pull a thread causing the two pieces of fabric to come close again is a form of sewing. The same is true for a loose button – pulling a loose thread that more »

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Laws of Shabbos #76

One of the 39 prohibitions on Shabbos is called Tofer, which means to combine two pieces of material and make them one through sewing. This was done in the Mishkan when they sewed the curtains together. Extensions of this prohibition (tolados) include taping, stapling, gluing or attaching by any other means. The Rema rules that more »

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Laws of Shabbos #75

In a case of need or a case of a Mitzvah one can tie a knot otherwise forbidden Rabbinically. For example, if a child’s shoes become undone all the time, one may tie their shoes in a double knot provided they are undone within 24 hours. (Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen, The Shabbos Home, pg. 209) more »

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Laws of Shabbos #74

Tying a double knot on Shabbos is forbidden. Included in this prohibition is tightening such a knot. Therefore one may not tighten their Tzitzis on Shabbos. However, a loose double knot, such as a belt on a coat, can be tied for temporary use. Tying a tight single knot in a single strand is forbidden. more »

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Laws of Shabbos #73

A few practical examples of Ohel that are permitted and forbidden: PERMITTED: Unfolding a hood of a baby carriage is permitted as it is unfolding and not creating a new tent. Covering one’s sukkah with a tarp is allowed as long as it is flush against the s’chach. PROHIBITED: Draping a blanket over chairs is prohibited. more »

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Laws of Shabbos #72

In addition to creating a roof, there is a prohibition against creating a permanent wall. This includes creating a partition that is fastened at both the top and bottom. However, one may unfold a folding wall as it is there already and simply needs to be taken out.

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