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Author:  Sebastian
E-mail:  dfaizakoff@hotmail.com
Date:  10/13/2003 1:40:00 AM
Subject:  Dimmer on Yom Tov
Message:  You have previously said we can extinguish electric light on Yom Tov (which I did this Yom Tov - that was sooo cool!)

1) Can I assume then that using a dimmer to lower the lights is ok too?

2) What about raising them?

3) Why can we turn off the lights but not turn them on?

Thank You!
Reply:  1) Yes
2) A problem. Sometimes OK, but others not.
3) Turning off the lights is just cutting off it's electric supply. No real Melachah. (On Shabbat we wouldn't do it, however). Putting on a light might be like making a fire. We are expected to make our lights and fires before the holiday. If however, we did light them and they were inadvertantly extinguished, we can relight them on Yom Tov.

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