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Which activities are forbidden on the Shabbat, but permitted on Yom Tov?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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On Yom Tov we are permitted to do any creative acts that are, or could be used, for the sake of preparing food (Exodus 12:16), such as cooking or baking (using a pre-existing flame). On Shabbat (and Yom Kippur which is also called Shabbat (Leviticus 23:32)) the Torah forbids all creative activity (Leviticus 23:3).

On Yom Tov we are permitted to do any creative acts that are, or could be used, for the sake of preparing food (Exodus 12:26)
Carrying in the public domain is also permitted on Yom Tov, for it is often necessary to carry ingredients for cooking, or ready foods, to their intended destination.

Writing, for example, on the other hand, is forbidden because it -- normally -- is not necessary for the sake of food.


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
Yom Tov
Jewish Holiday.
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.
The third of the Five Books of Moses. This book deals with the service (of the Levite Tribe) in the Tabernacle, and contains many of the 613 commandments.