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Can I ask a non-Jew to do a forbidden activity on Shabbat?

It is forbidden on Shabbat or Yom Tov to ask a non-Jew to perform on your behalf an activity a Jew may not do on this day. Furthermore, even if...

If there is a fire in my house on Shabbat, can I extinguish it?

One cannot desecrate the Shabbat for the sake of saving monetary possessions.Practically speaking, unless you live in a desert far away from civilization...

Is it permissible to pay someone for services rendered on Shabbat?

You cannot pay someone for services rendered on Shabbat. However, you can pay for something that was done before or after the Shabbat and "included" in the...

Can I be a partner in a business which operates on Shabbat?

If the other partners are Jewish, then it is (obviously) forbidden to be part of such a business.If the other partners are non-Jews, then it must be...

Am I allowed to give a gift on Shabbat?

It is only permitted to give or receive a gift on Shabbat or Yom Tov if the gift is for that day. For example, if you are invited to eat a shabbat meal at...

What is an Eruv?

There are three types of eruvs. When most people say plain "eruv" they are actually referring to a "Shitufei Mevo'ot."[The three...

Can I drive on Shabbat if it is my only way to get to the synagogue?

Disappointing as it may sound, the answer is no. It is disappointing because which Jew doesn’t want to be in a synagogue on Shabbat? After all, the...

Can I apply make-up on Shabbat?

It is forbidden to apply cosmetics on Shabbat. All cosmetics fall into the forbidden categories of dying and/or smoothing. It is only permitted to...

Is it permitted to clap my hands to a song or applaud someone on Shabbat?

The Mishnah expressly says that it is forbidden to clap on Shabbat or Yom Tov because it might bring someone to make a musical instrument, which is a...

Can I brush my teeth on Shabbat?

The problem with brushing teeth on Shabbat is that it is forbidden to smooth out a solid (or semi-solid) object on Shabbat. One of the 39 forbidden acts on...