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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:make b'patish  winding
Halacha - wind up toys
Submitted by chaim  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: My son has a toy which has a wind-up timer. The object of the game is to fill up as many pieces as possible before the time runs out. When the time runs out the mechanism wind-up mechanism stops and the board pops up. Are these wind-up mechanisms permitted on shabbos?
Answer:

It is permitted. Even thought the Chaye Adam forbids winding a watch on Shabbos because of make b'patish, but there you would ideally like the watch to run forever, where as the toy only serves its purpose by unwinding and stopping. The transient nature of the winding makes it intrinsically not make b'patish.

posted:2009-01-10 23:36:26


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