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Shabbat the Right Way: Resolving Halachic Dilemmas

shabbat the right wayShabbat the Right Way: Resolving Halachic Dilemmas
By Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen

Urim Publications
Jerusalem, 2009
203 pages

The application of Shabbat laws to contemporary circumstances is no simple task. So much of daily life has changed over the past century, not least of which is the blossoming of electronic technology, that the rabbinic discussions are dizzying to the untrained. Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen has selected topics on the laws of Shabbat, explaining simply and concisely the different opinions on the issues and offering practical conclusions. The book is not comprehensive, but instead focuses on highlights throughout the twenty-five-hour Shabbat period. He chooses some basic but interesting topics such as the details of Kiddush—the proper way to fill and hold the cup, whether to stand or sit, and more—and complex subjects such as showering on Shabbat and dancing at a sheva berachot. Rabbi Cohen is at his best when presenting the views of great authorities on the issues of the day. His clarity of language and thinking make him an excellent conduit of the halachic decisors of our day.

Rabbi Gil Student writes frequently on Jewish issues and blogs at

This article was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of Jewish Action.