Archive | Shabbat

Clapping on Shabbat

Dear Rabbi Simon, I have learned that there are restrictions on the use of musical instruments on Shabbat, such as guitar, flute, organ, drum, etc.  Recently, a friend told me that this extends to dancing, clapping one’s hands and even tapping on a table to the beat of a song.  Yet I know I have seen knowledgeable […]

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Shabbat and Digital Technology

Dear Rabbi Simon I was wondering if one is allowed to wear a digital watch on Shabbat?  If so is one also allowed to wear a Fitbit or similar? Best wishes Dalia Dear Dalia Thank you for your question. Digital watches are permitted on Shabbat, particularly if they have an aesthetic component, ie as an item […]

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Kiddush Diversion

Greetings, A Shabbos question: Does going to the lavatory after Kiddush but before washing one’s hands for Hamotzi (ie eating the challah), require repeating Kiddush? Shabbat Shalom, Jay Thank you for your Question, Jay. Although it is ideal to eat the seudah promptly after kiddush, there would be no need to repeat the kiddush in […]

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Inviting Guests who may Drive on Shabbos

Dear Rabbi, We have a question regarding the issues involved when inviting non-shomer Shabbos Jews to our home for Shabbos night. We would like to branch out a bit and invite non-frum Jews to our Friday nights. However, the issue of said Jews driving to our homes now figures more prominently in our minds than […]

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Medical Emergency on Shabbat

Dear Rabbi Simon, Suppose someone feels unwell on Friday night/Shabbat morning and calls Hatzola. They decide to transfer the person to the Royal Free (A&E) and the husband/wife accompanies the patient in the ambulance. After some tests, the doctors discharge the patient but tell him/her to take medication and rest. Does the patient, who obviously […]

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Kosher Ovens???

Dear Rabbi Simon, We are in the process of buying a new oven and wanted advice on an ideal make/type/what we need to look for to make our lives easier with regards to cleaning, use for milk and meat and opening/use on (shabbat or) yom tov. Michelle and Michael Dear Michelle Oven: A self-cleaning oven […]

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Shabbat and Power to the People

Q: Dear Rabbi Simon, You recently responded to a question regarding a power cut resulting in the total cooling off of the food. As your ruling of lenience was based on the fact that there had been no deliberate human input whatsoever (actually on Shabbos itself?), does this imply that the use of a time […]

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