Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Permissible Way to Clap on Shabbat

The Permissible Way to Clap on Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: October 18, 2015
Parshat: Lech Licha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 338

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina

As mentioned previously, it is forbidden on Shabbat to make music by clapping along with a song or to a beat. However, if it is done in a different way than normal, such as hitting one palm against the back of the other hand, it may be done. Whistling and other sounds that are made with one's mouth are not included in this prohibition and therefore may be done on Shabbat. As mentioned previously, clapping and snapping that are not done as music, such as to get someone's attention or wake someone up may be made.

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