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4 Nisan 5763

Clapping Hands on Shabbat


Various Rabbis

Question:
What is the Halacha about clapping on Shabbat. Does it matter if it is in shul or not?

Answer:
It is forbidden to clap hands on Shabbat if not by a Shinui - on the back of ones hand.
The Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim 339 and the R"ma both tended to be maykel, in order that the people who clapped would not be commiting a sin.
The reason for the Isur is so as to stop one from fixing a musical instrument on shabbat. Nowadays, when we do not know how to fix instruments there is more reason to be Matir.

Rabbi Ro'i Margalit


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