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39 Melachot (Categories of Creative Work)

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On Shabbat work is forbidden. But what defines work? The Torah defines work as any of the activities that were required for the construction or function of the Mishkan, the Divine Sanctuary. This class will explain the deeper connection between Shabbat an...
Resting from Work on Shabbat
How does one properly observe resting from work on Shabbat? This series provides a detailed overview of the thirty nine categories of forbidden activity on Shabbat, defining their parameters and practical applications.
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?
Selecting, the av melachah of borer, is forbidden on Shabbat,Shabbat 73a. and involves sorting (by hand or with a utensil) through a mixture to separate wanted and unwanted items. In most scenarios, it is largely irrelevant whether one separates the mixtu...
Understanding this forbidden labor on five levels
The prohibition on Shabbat to light a flame is explicitly stated in the Torah, different than the other 39 categories of forbidden labor, which are only implicitly derived from the labors performed in the construction of the mishkan. Why does the Torah si...
The Prohibition of ‘Selecting’ on Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from 39 general categories of creative work. In this class we discuss the prohibition of ‘selecting’ on Shabbat. Learn what constitutes the biblical melachah of borer, the underlying principles, and their practical application in con...
The Prohibition of ‘Selecting’ on Shabbat
In this class we discuss the prohibition of ‘selecting’ on Shabbat. Learn various laws of borer and their practical application in everyday situations. For example the borer issues to be careful with when setting the table, or when putting away different ...
The melachot of the final hammer blow, kindling a fire and extinguishing a fire
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