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39 Melachot (Categories of Creative Work)

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39 Melachot (Categories of Creative Work): These are the 39 categories of creative activity that were necessary for the construction of the Tabernacle in the desert. As G-d commanded that the construction be suspended on Shabbat, these activities determine what is considered "creation" and therefore prohibited on Shabbat -- when we abstain from creative activity, and not necessarily from exertion.
A listing of the thirty-nine melachot forbidden on Shabbat
An In-Depth Audio Series on the Prohibition of Work on Shabbat
Torah law identifies 39 types of work that were involved in the making of the Mishkan (tabernacle) and from which we desist on Shabbat. In this series, Rabbi Shusterman explains and looks at the practical applications of each of the 39 Melachot
The soul of Shabbat
A new and deeply personal appreciation of Shabbat emerges as we examine: (a) the nature of work forbidden on Shabbat; (b) the connection between Shabbat and the construction of the Sanctuary; (c) why the Torah singles out the prohibition of kindling a fir...
The Laws of Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from creative work. In this introductory class we learn some of the underlying principles for rabbinic prohibition on Shabbat with examples to illustrate their practical application.
The Laws of Shabbat
On Shabbat we abstain from creative work. In this introductory class we learn how work is defined and classified with respect to the biblical obligation to rest on the Sabbath.
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?
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...
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