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If someone is ill, can they be driven to shul on Shabbat?

Question: My mother is the director of an Orthodox Shul, where my family has belonged for generations. My mom suffers from xxxxxx disorder, and cannot...

Under what circumstances is it permitted to desecrate Shabbat?

Only when a life is in danger is it permitted (and necessary) to desecrate the Shabbat. [All the laws of the Torah -- with the exception of the...

Isn’t it old-fashioned not to drive on Shabbat?

It was never a fashion to begin with. It was and is a divine command. Fashions get old. Divine commands are eternally fresh and forever “in”.

Is knitting for pleasure forbidden on Shabbat?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... Sarina: Is knitting for pleasure forbidden on Shabbat?...

Can I color on Shabbat?

Question: An issue that has come up at our synagogue is which activities are appropriate for kids on the weekend. Some have asked whether it’s okay...

Is a woman allowed to go to the mikvah on Friday night?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...Janine: is a woman allowed to go to the mikvah friday...

Is it allowed to tape a TV show over Shabbat or Yom Tov?

Setting a timer on Friday so that a prohibited act will occur automatically on Shabbat seems at first glance to be very similar to the well-established...

On which days is it improper to clip ones nails?

– It is forbidden to pare finger or toenails on Shabbat and any major Jewish holiday (with the exception of Chanukah and Purim)....

Is it permitted to do work after lighting the Shabbat candles?

With the lighting of the Shabbat candles, the kindler is ushering in the Shabbat. As soon as all the candles are lit, even before the blessing is recited,...

Why do people roll up their tallit -- instead of folding it -- after the Shabbat prayers?

It is forbidden to fold a garment on Shabbat along its preexisting creases. Therefore, a tallit, which normally has well-defined fold lines, may not be...