Q & A

An agunah lighting Shabbas candles

SHABBAT

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Can Shabbat candles be placed on a side table or counter
or must they be placed on the table where the we eat the Shabbat meal?

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Can I use a flashlight for candle-lighting on Shabbat?

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If I live alone, am I obligated to make havdalah when Shabbat ends?

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Can I take medicine on Shabbat?

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    On Shabbat is it ok to move lamps & fans
toward the direction we want them?

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Can you change the setting on a thermostat or timer on Shabbas?

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 Can I send overnight mail on Friday & ask for Saturday delivery?

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I'm not in good health & I sweat profusely. 
This makes me very uncomfortable especially in the spring & summer months.
Can I shower on Shabbat to give me some relief?

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I do exercise for health maintenance but I also do it for pleasure
since it puts me in a good mood & my body feels refreshed & relaxed.
May I lift weights, jump rope or do exercise on Shabbat?

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My 10 year old daughter has unruly hair.
Can I put anything in her hair to tame it a bit on Shabbos like oil, gel or spray?

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Can I get a shoulder or back massage using oil on Shabbat?

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During the summer, it's really hot & humid where we live. 
Our kids want to swim in our pool on Shabbas.  Is that allowed?  

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  We're going to be staying at a hotel in Miami for Shabbat. 
Can we swim in the ocean if we don't carry anything when leave the hotel? 

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Our lawn gets watered every morning by an automatic sprinkler.
Can I have it water on Shabbas also?

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If we have an eruv, can we take out the garbage can
with garbage to the front either on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

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In Yerushalyim, where of course there is an eruv,
I often see men on erev Shabbat & Shabbat morning,
carrying bags of garbage on the way to Beit Knesset,
to throw out on the way in a municipal garbage bin.

Is that a problem?

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