Engraved Writings

Reading engraved writings:[1] Reading writing engraved on a board or pad: Even if the names [of the guests] are engraved on a board or pad and are not written, it is forbidden to be read, as perhaps they will mistakenly come to allow [reading] even laymen documents, as the board […]

The Rabbinical prohibition

The Rabbinical prohibition- Salting foods: A. Salting raw meat [which is edible by some in its raw state[1]] in order to soften it: [2] Meat which has not yet been slated for blood: There is a Rabbinical [prohibition of] tanning food and therefore it is forbidden to salt raw meat, […]

Guest list

Reading the guest list for one’s meal: The letter of the law:[1] Based on the above, one who invited guests and prepared for them delicacies and wrote before Shabbos the names of the guests which were invited so he not forget to call them on Shabbos, or he wrote the […]

The Biblical prohibition

The Biblical prohibition- Tanning and salting skins:[1] The principal prohibition-Tanning skin: One who tans skin is [transgressing one of] the principal prohibited actions being that in the [building process of the] Tabernacle they would tan the skins of the techashim and rams. The secondary prohibition-Salting skin: One who salts the […]

Non-business related

Reading non-business related writings:[1] [In addition to the above decree against business documents] they decreed against reading any type of writing, even if it does not contain matters which are forbidden [to do on Shabbos]. Even to read it without verbalizing is forbidden. The reason for this is: due to […]


The following chapter will deal with the laws of salting foods and items on Shabbos. Salting skins contains a prohibition of tanning. As an offshoot of this prohibition, some hold it was decreed as well not to pickle and salt food in certain ways. Others however hold that the decree […]

Business documents

Reading business documents and contracts:[1] Laymen documents, such as loan, business, collateral, and accounting documents, and the like of matters which are forbidden to be done on Shabbos, are forbidden to be read on Shabbos due to the decree of “Mimtzoe Cheftzecha”. Reading them in ones thought without verbalizing: Furthermore […]

Detached Vegetables

Watering detached vegetables:[1] Edible vegetables: It is permitted to water detached vegetables in order to prevent them from shriveling, as since these vegetables are fit to be eaten on Shabbos it is therefore allowed to water them just as it is [similarly] allowed to move them. Inedible vegetables: However if […]

Flowers and plants in water

Placing flowers and plants into water on Shabbos:[1] Branches [and flowers] which have been designated before Shabbos for a specific use in a way that they are no longer considered Muktzah[2], may be entered into a bucket or vase of water on Shabbos[3], if the water was placed into the […]

Techum Shabbos

The law of Techum Shabbos by one who helped save another Jew:[1] All that have gone to help save Jewish souls from gentiles or from [drowning in] a river or from [dying] in a collapsed building, then they have 2000 cubits [.60 mile] radius from every direction from the area […]