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  •   Topics Covered: Shevut ecompasses Rabbinic decrees designed either to protect us from committing Biblical transgressions or to enhance the sanctity, spirituality and beauty of Shabbos. The first Mishnah of Chapter 18 teaches that we may move some of our …

  •   Topics covered: Some objects are muktzeh, set aside from use on Shabbos, because they’re so valuable no one would use them for anything other than their intended, non-Shabbos purpose. Others are muktzeh because they’re repulsive, like the stuff we …

  •   Topics covered: The Mishna says we may move a vessel for a specific purpose and not for a specific purpose on Shabbos. What is a specfic purpose? Now we sharpen our thinking as we trace the argument between Rabba …

  •   Topics covered: We MAY wear a mechanical, automatic watch on Shabbos. We may use a tool – normally designed for a labor that is prohibited on Shabbos – to perform a different, permitted labor. Objection is raised to this …

  •   Topics covered: Closing Ch. 16, opening Ch. 17. Basic principle is that we may only benefit from the labor of a gentile on Shabbos if he performed it for his own benefit and not for ours, otherwise he’s our …

  •   Topics covered: Ch. 16, Mishnas 6: If a non-Jew comes to extinguish a fire that broke on on a Jew’s property on Shabbos, we neither encourage nor dissuade him. He should be rewarded after the fact, but we must …

  •   Topics covered: Today we distinguish the law as it was in Talmudic times when we were not permitted to extinguish a fire that broke out on Shabbos from today when we can, and why it changed in the medieval …

  •   Topics covered: How the sages honored Shabbos! This page has too many great, classic teachings in one place, so it’s really worth reviewing and studying. Welcoming the Shabbat bride – source for the 16th century song Lecha Dodi which …

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