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Tissues on Shabbat that are stuck together


I know we’re not supposed to rip toilet paper on Shabbat. But does this include Tissues that are attached very slightly to the tissue beside it (where most of the time it’ll be detached by itself anyway). Or is it Assur anyway because of Makeh BePatish?. Is there any Heter?
(Asking because the tissues in the shul that were bought for toilet paper, (instead of cutting the regular toilet paper), was these types of tissues. And they bought them in bulk on sale. Not sure what to do from here. Thanks


To seperate them on shabbos even though it appears insignificant, is makeh b’patish, ( and possibly koraya) and can’t be done on shabbos. There are instances when toilet paper can be ripped with a shinuy, but this is only if you encouter it on shabbos itself, and there isn’t any oither alternitive, but here it is before shabbos.

I would suggest that you buy other tissues for shabbos, and use these during the week until they are finished.


M:B 340-45, Biur Halacha ibid V’chayiv.

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  1. Shalom Rabbi

    Rambam’s 39 Shabbat melachot are best understood in the Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 49a, which hints at those forbidden work activities.

    The Hasidic and orthodox communities continue to follow the Rambam’s prohibitions to maintain Hashem’s commandment. As Hashem spoke these laws to Moshe of the 39 prohibitions that are to be observed thru all future generations, might G-d approve of a new understanding?

    Are we now facing an enigma that may change Rambam’s halakhot in which all weekday work activities will be performed by AI (Artificial Intelligence) robots that will no longer require humans or animals to perform any prohibited Shabbat work activities?

    See a short YouTube video that predicts the full functional work of AI robots in the next decade or two.

    Will this type of non-human Shabbat work be acceptable by Hashem to allow mankind a day of complete rest eliminating Rambam’s 39 melachot?

    Your understanding of this question is appreciated.



    1. Please allow me to correct what you wrote. the 39 melachos are written clearly in the Mishna Shabbos 73a. the Mishnayos are a compilation of the oral torah given to Moshe. Therefore the 39 melachos were given by Hashem, they are not the Rambam’s prohibition’s, and are not up to us to decide to change them.
      When we will have AI the Rabbis will have to decide according the the rules and laws set down by the Talmud, Shulchan Aruch, etc., as to how we should conduct ourselves.

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