Practical Q&A

May one read announcements placed on a bulletin board?[1] Those announcements which do not deal with matters of business, or mourning may be read.   May a list which one wrote before Shabbos be read on Shabbos?[2] [If they do not involve words of Torah] then they may not be […]

A cookbook

May one read a cookbook?[1] It is permitted to read it for mere enjoyment, as it is common for women to enjoy reading different ideas of recipes.[2] However it is forbidden to be read as a preparation for preparing a meal in the coming days.[3] [1] Beir Moshe 6/67 [2] […]


May one read a newspaper?[1] Newspapers which contain matters relating to business, economy, and advertisements, are forbidden to be read, even with intent to read only the non-business related sections and articles, being that it is very difficult for one to prevent oneself from reading the other sections.[2] However there […]

Forbidden writings muktzah?

Are writings which are forbidden to be read on Shabbos Muktzah?[1] One is particular about the writing: Any writing which is forbidden for one to read on Shabbos, is [Muktzah Machmas Gufo and is hence] forbidden to be moved if it is of importance in one’s eyes, and he is […]

Reading Books

A. History books and novels:[1] Similarly [history] books of wars (and the history of gentile kings) and parables and metaphors regarding mundane talk, such as the book Emanuel, and it goes without saying books of romance are forbidden to be read on Shabbos. Even to read them in one’s mind […]


Reading descriptions written under designs, portraits and paintings:[1] A wall or curtain which contains designs of different animals or sketches of people [portraying] historical events, such as the battle of David and Goliath, and it is written under [these portraits] “this is the figure of this animal” and “this is […]


Reading mail: A. Which letters are permitted for one to read?[1] Reading a letter from a friend: A [common] letter [of a friend or relative] inquiring ones wellbeing is forbidden to read [verbally], and even to read in one’s mind without verbalization [is forbidden] due to a decree [that one […]

Community Matters

Reading to the public, matters which pertain to the community:[1] Similarly that which is accustomed that the servant read the approbations or excommunications from writing is not to be forbidden due to that one may come to read layman documents, being that [the above writings] are for the need of […]

Mitzvah related

Reading Mitzvah related matters:[1] The prohibition against reading laymen documents, is itself only because of “Mimtzo Cheftzecha”, and the prohibition of Mimtzo Cheftzecha does not apply by the matter of a Mitzvah. As matters of heaven which are forbidden to be done on Shabbos are permitted to be spoken of, […]

Salt water

Making salt water on Shabbos:[1] A. For pickling foods: It is forbidden to make heavy salt water [on Shabbos] or other liquids heavily salted in order to place [these liquids] into pickled foods, meaning [to place them in] vegetables or other foods which are pickled to be preserved (even if […]