First of all, I didn't realize that it was possible to fix an instrument by clapping one's hands. More importantly, however... WHAT?
What is the Halacha about clapping on Shabbat. Does it matter if it is in shul or not?
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 [lenient], in order that the people who clapped would not be committing a sin.
The reason for the Isur [prohibition] 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 [permissive].
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Help me out Here...
What the hell is this guy talking about?