Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Amirah l'Nochri, Part 5


We have been learning about Amirah l'Nochri, the practice of asking a non-Jew to do things on Shabbat that a Jew may not do personally.

We have said that a Jew may hire a non-Jew to do work without specifying when the work should be done, and then allow the non-Jew to take the initiative and do that work on Shabbat. However, that is true only if onlookers will automatically understand that the work is being done in that manner. If people might suspect that the Jew is paying the non-Jew to work on Shabbat specifically, then one may not allow the non-Jew to do that work on Shabbat.

(Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 243:10-15)

Have a great day,

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