Saturday, September 28, 2013

Amirah l'Nochri, Part 1


A Jew may not perform certain tasks on Shabbat. May a Jew ask a non-Jew to perform those tasks on Shabbat?

This is the issue called "Amirah l'nochri", which translates to, "Speaking to an outsider," meaning, telling a non-Jew to do those tasks that the Jew may not do personally on Shabbat. It is also called "Amirah l'akum".

In general, although this will require some clarification, it is understood that Amirah l'Nochri on Shabbat is rabbinically prohibited.

(Aruch haShulchan, Orach Chaim 243:4)

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