One of the 39 Melachot
, shaping would
be defined as cutting any object
Cutting material for a dress would fall
under this category, as would cutting out
pictures or clipping newspaper articles. So would
working wood or metal on a lathe or mill
WOULD fall under this heading.
Foods are not included and may be cut to be served.
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Most of this information is taken
from the book "SABBATH Day of Eternity"
by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, published by NCSY.
In the book itself, there are notes that refer the
reader to detailed footnotes.
I am lucky to have found such a clear, concise manual
with these brief overviews of laws so vast and complex
there are Rabbis that specialize in them.