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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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Laws of Shabbos #71

An extension of the prohibition of building is making a tent – Ohel. One violates this prohibiton when one erects a ‘roof’ that is either permanent or temporary. To be considered making a roof the area it covers must be at least 3.75 inches and there must be empty space underneath (as opposed to a table more »

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Laws of Shabbos #70

Items that are meant to be folded or taken apart continuously may be ‘built’ on Shabbos. Some examples are, folding chairs, folding tables, strollers, and cribs. There are many poskim who permit playing with Lego for this reason. I will be discussing umbrellas at Shalosh Seudos this Shabbos.  

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Laws of Shabbos #69

Assembling small utensils are treated more leniently when it comes to the laws of building on Shabbos. The two areas where these leniencies apply are: Items which are meant to be assembled and disassembled. For example, the top of a salt shaker may be unscrewed and put back on again. Items which are always loose-fitting. more »

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Laws of Shabbos #68

Window-shades and blinds cannot be put up initially on Shabbos. If one’s blinds or shades fall one should not put them back up as this may be a form of boneh. According to some poskim, blinds or shades that can easily be slipped in and out of a bracket. The preferable approach, if one needs privacy, more »

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Laws of Shabbos #67

Attaching something to a structure is forbidden even if it is easy to do so. For example, to replace a shower rod on Shabbos is forbidden. However, if it is something that is meant to be taken out and returned, such as the tube for toilet paper, it is permitted.

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Laws of Shabbos #66

The laws of boneh (building) are more stringent for things that are attached to the ground as well as large items that are placed on the ground. Included in the prohibition is not only attaching or building but even making something more secure. An example of both these principals would be tightening a loose handle on more »

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Laws of Shabbos #65

One of the 39 forbidden activities on Shabbos is building, or boneh. As we will see this prohibition is far broader than actually building a structure. Rather, it will include scenarios that involve fixing a structure, even in a minor fashion, adding to a structure, and as we will see, is not limited to structures. more »

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Laws of Shabbos #64

One may not pour salt onto vegetables that are typically pickled such as onions, radishes, garlic, or cucumbers. However, one may dip a slice of any of the above into salt if it will be eaten right away. Additionally, if one first pours oil or vinegar over the vegetable then one can pour salt over more »

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