Forbidden Activities - Weekday Activities

Bicycles on Shabbat - I am in a new city and last Shabbat I decided to go to synagogue for services. After looking one up and calling to get the address, I found that it was far from where I was staying. I have no car and depend solely on... More »
Exercise on Shabbat - How would you explain why my rabbi says not to exercise on Shabbat, although I find it fun and relaxing? More »
Giving Gifts on Shabbat - I am invited Shabbat lunch to a local family. Is there any issue with bringing them a gift such as a bottle of wine? More »
Musical Toys on Shabbat - My two-year-old often gets ahold of his favorite musical toy on Shabbat and starts banging away at the keys. It certainly disturbs the serenity of Shabbat. Am I obligated to take it away from him? Am I even allowed to... More »
Pedometer, Fitbit on Shabbat - My family has become very health-conscious lately and we all have our own Fitbits which we wear all the time. It has really helped us maintain our health. Is there any issue with wearing it on... Shabbat? More »
Playing Music on Shabbat - I have a question concerning playing music on Shabbat. My uncle is a wonderful guitar player and singer. He writes many songs and aspires to share his music with the world one day. On a recent Shabbat, we were at a... More »
Reciting Tehillim on Shabbat - I’ve heard that we should not say Tehillim (Psalms) on Shabbat. Is there any issue with this? More »
Rollerblading on Shabbat - My fiance and I both enjoy rollerblading. I am curious to know if it is okay for us to rollerblade in a park on Saturdays if our intentions are to have fun rather than get in shape. Thank you very... much. More »
Showering on Shabbat - I live in a hot climate and sometimes on Shabbat afternoon I feel like taking a nice, long, relaxing warm shower. Is this permitted? More »
Studying History (Weekday and Shabbat) - I’ve heard that some classic Jewish sources write that the study of history is a waste of time and should not be done, in particular on Shabbat. Is this true? More »
Swimming on Shabbat - We just bought a new swimming pool and my 12-year-old son loves to swim day and night. The other day he came to me and asked about swimming on Shabbat. I was surprised because we never told him not to. But he says that... More »
Whipped Cream Charger - Are you allowed to use a whipped cream charger on Shabbat? It involves puncturing a canister, and then gas is released into a thick cream which bubbles it up and turns it into foam. More »

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