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Shabbat & Technology


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Course Description

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This course is part of the WebYeshiva.org Halacha Mastery & Orach Chaim Semicha Program.
For more information please click here.

Muktzah, issues presented by technology and halacha, electricity and “modern” issues; overview of laws of medical treatment and pikuach nefesh on Shabbat.


About Rabbi Dovid Fink
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertᅠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.


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November 2, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Electricity according to Maharsham and Tsits Eliezer

We will begin our survey of the writings of the great poskim on electricity with the Maharsham (R. Schwadron) and the Tsits Eliezer (R. Valdenberg).

Sources for these rabbis and futher material are available through the link.

 
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November 9, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Electricity according to the Aruch ha-Shulchan...

In today's class we will see the opinions of Aruch ha-Shlucha, R. Uziel, and R. Asher Weiss regarding the nature of electricity.

The first two authoritities embrace the old approach equating electricity with fire, leading to a leniency in permitting switching on electric lights on Yom Tov. R. Weiss explains why we must prohibit switching on light both on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

 
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November 16, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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November 23, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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November 30, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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December 7, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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December 14, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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December 28, 2014 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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January 4, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Electric Timers

After competing our survey of the opinions of the great authorities regarding the underlying prohibition of electricity on Shabbat, our next topic will be the use of timers to switch electrical apparatuses on and off on Shabbat.

The source material is available through the link.

 
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January 11, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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January 18, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
גזירות חדשות

Sources regarding the capacity of modern Rabbis to legislate new halachah.

 

 

 
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January 25, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Be'er Moshe -- Supplementary Source

The link provides a brief teshuva of the Be'er Moshe that I shall discuss today.

This teshuva simultaneously reinforces the Be'er Moshe's position that we saw last week and shows a flaw in his position.

 
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February 1, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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February 8, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Timers (conclusion) and Time Zones

Today we will conclude the topic of timers and begin the topic of time zones.

If you are in a time zone where it is not Shabbat, can you operate an electrical apparatus in a different time zone where it is Shabbat?

Can you speak on the phone with someone who is violating Shabbat in his or her time zone when it is not Shabbat for you?

Sources are available through the link.

 
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February 15, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
TV Monitors

Our next topic is tv monioring on Shabbat. This includes both CCTV and WeCams.

Sources are available through the link.

 
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February 22, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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March 1, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Electricity Generated in Israel on Shabbat

After completing our study of video monitors on Shabbat, we will turn to the use of electricity on Shabbat.

In Israel today, electricity is generated by the Jews on Shabbat. Fuel is burned, generators are operated, and necessary repairs are done by Jews.

Since all this seems to violate the sanctity of Shabbat, the use of that electricity is problematic.

In class we will examine the spectrum of opinions regarding electricity generated in Israel on Shabbat.

Sources are available through the link.

 

 
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March 8, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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March 15, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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March 22, 2015 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Unplugging Electrical Apparatuses

Our next topic deals with unplugging electrical apparatuses when they are not operating.

Can you unplug a telephone from its socket when it is not in use so that it will not later ring?

Can you unplug a refrigerator from the wall when it is cycled off so that you can open the door without switching on the internal light?

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