Monday, January 26, 2015

The empty chulent pot

Hi,

An empty cooking pot is muktzeh as a kli shemelachto l'issur on Shabbat, since it is dedicated for a use that is prohibited on Shabbat. One may move it only for the sake of 1) using it for a permitted purpose, or 2) using the space in which it is located.

A chulent pot, from which the chulent has been removed, may be moved on Shabbat for either of the aforementioned purposes. In addition, one may move it if it is repellent, and it is in a space in which one does not leave such items.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:232:1)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fetch!

Hi,

One may not instruct his dog to go outside and bring in an object, where the space is not enclosed by an eruv. This is part of the law requiring that our animals rest on Shabbat.

There is room to contend that where an animal brings in an object on its own, one may use the object. However, there are grounds to prohibit as well, both in terms of having one's animal perform a prohibited act on Shabbat, and in terms of marit ayin (the appearance of wrongdoing).

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:231)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Paying a Shabbos babysitter

Hi,

One may not pay someone for work performed exclusively on Shabbos, even where the work itself is entirely permitted on Shabbos. However, one may include wages for Shabbos work as part of payment for work that occurs when it is not Shabbos.

Therefore: One may pay a Shabbos babysitter for work performed on Shabbos, but one would need to hire the babysitter for something during the week as well and pay for both together, or pay the babysitter additional funds for preparation performed during the week.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:230)

Have a great night,
Mordechai

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Folding a tallis for next Shabbos

Hi,

One may not clean clothing on Shabbat, and this applies to non-laundering actions which make clothing better suited for wearing. This may apply to folding clothing, too, although justifications are offered for folding which does not create a lasting crease, or for folding which does not improve the appearance of the garment. However, the consensus of authorities is that one may not fold a garment on one Shabbat to prepare it for the following Shabbat, as in the case of folding a tallit after davening. One may not prepare on Shabbat for after Shabbat.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:229 - see more there)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wearing a glasses chain outside the Eruv

Hi,

One may travel outside an eruv on Shabbat with a chain or cord attached to the handles of his glasses, so long as the glasses are worn normally rather than carried by the chain/cord. The chain or cord is consided part of the arms of the glasses. However, one may not travel with the glasses suspended by the cord, around one's neck.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:227)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shoes with leather inserts on Yom Kippur

Hi,

On Yom Kippur, one may not wear leather shoes. However, one may wear a shoe with a leather pad insert that cushions the bottom of his foot; the insert is not, itself, a shoe.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:225)

Have a great day,
Mordechai

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shoe inserts on Shabbos

Hi,

One may put a shoe insert into a shoe on Shabbos, to make the shoe wearable; it is considered part of the shoe, and not a separate entity that is "fixing" the shoe. One may also wear the shoe outside of the eruv, with the insert in it.

[Note: Some prohibit putting an insert in a shoe for the first time; this view is referenced in the Rivivot Ephraim here, but he does not state his own view.]

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:225)

Have a great day,
Mordechai