Sunday, September 29, 2013

Amirah l'Nochri, Part 2


We have begun to learn about Amirah l'Nochri, asking a non-Jew to do things on Shabbat that a Jew may not do. We said yesterday that there is a rabbinic prohibition against Amirah l'Nochri.

If a Jew did this anyway, then the Jew may not benefit from the non-Jew's actions on Shabbat. He must wait until after Shabbat, and until enough post-Shabbat time has elapsed that the work could have been done after Shabbat altogether. This is a penalty, meant to remove all benefit from his violation - now he might as well have had the work done after Shabbat altogether.

(Rambam, Laws of Shabbat 6:8; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 243:5)

Have a great day,

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