Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hanging A Curtain On Shabbat

Hanging A Curtain On Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: February 13, 2014
Parshat: Ki Tisa
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 315

Some walls are permitted to create on Shabbat and some aren't. In this context a wall doesn't mean constructing a wall from scratch, it means hanging a curtain to act as a wall. A wall that causes the place it's hung to become "permitted" may not be added on Shabbat. Therefore one may not add (the first, second, or third) walls to a succah to make it a proper succah or to an item to cause it be allowed to be moved on Shabbat. One may hang a curtain to protect from the sun or the cold or to protect candles from being extinguished by the wind provided he does not make a hole in the curtain with the nail. As we have said previously, (see Halacha from February 10, 2014) of course one may not put the nail in the wall on Shabbat. One may also hang a curtain for tzniut purposes, like over the door of the succah or between men and women in the shul. It is likewise permitted to hang a tapestry on the wall on nails that were already secured on the wall from before Shabbat. The popular custom of holding a talit over all the children on Simhat Torah is permitted since the talit is held by hand and also since it is not done to give shade but out of respect.

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