Shabbat Rest

The Don’ts of Shabbat

Read the definition of the “work” that is forbidden on Shabbat, along with brief user-friendly guides on the do’s and don’ts of our Day of Rest.

Melacha - A Unique Definition of Work
What kind of work can't we do on Shabbat? What does work mean in this context anyway? And how do we enjoy the Shabbat when there are so many activities we must avoid?
The Shabbat Laws
A brief summary of some of the Shabbat laws you are most likely to encounter, such as writing, shopping, carrying in the public domain, and business transactions
Food Preparation on Shabbat
Aside for cooking, there are other food preparation activities one must avoid on Shabbat. Examples: squeezing fruit, selecting, kneading, grinding and mashing, and using electrical appliances
The 39 Melachot
A listing of the thirty-nine melachot forbidden on Shabbat
Eruv
There is a way to make large public areas and even whole cities into one private domain. It usually involves some poles, wiring, and some food...
Saving Lives on Shabbat
When dealing with a person whose life is in danger, we must "violate" the Shabbat. Learn the guidelines governing this Shabbat "override."
Electricity on Shabbat
Parshat Vayakhel
Although the halachic authorities concur that electricity per se is not considered fire, it is nevertheless universally agreed upon that one may not operate electrical appliances on Shabbat. There are various reasons offered for this...
Handling Money and Doing Business on Shabbat
Find out the Jewish law on some of the common issues regarding money in relation to Shabbat.
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