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May I watch TV on Shabbat if it's already on?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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On Shabbat there are 39 forms of creative activity which are forbidden.

Aside from these 39 categories, in order to maintain the spirit and flavor of the holy day of Shabbat, it is forbidden to be involved in any activity which is considered to be a "weekday" mundane activity ("Uvdin D'Chol"). Instead, we are meant to enjoy and have pleasure on Shabbat and spend our time engaged in spiritual pursuits such as praying studying and praising G-d.

In order to maintain the spirit and flavor of the holy day of Shabbat, it is forbidden to be involved in any activity which is considered to be a "weekday" mundane activity... we are meant to spend our time engaged in spiritual pursuits such as prayer and study
For example, it is forbidden to measure on Shabbat with a measuring stick. Although this activity does not involve any of the 39 forbidden labors, it is considered to be a mundane activity.

Watching television is certainly considered to be Uvdin D'Chol, goes counter to the intended spirit of Shabbat, and is undoubtedly forbidden on the Shabbat.

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Shabbat
(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.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.