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Sending Overnight Packages on Friday
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Question: Is it permissible to send an overnight letter or package (via the Postal Service or UPS, etc.) on Friday with specific instructions to deliver it on Shabbos? Discussion: Amirah l’akum, instructing a non-Jew to perform a Shabbos Labor which would be forbidden for a Jew, is prohibited.[1] It makes no difference whether the Jew’s […]
Buying Shares in a Company that Operates on Shabbos
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Question: Is it permitted to buy stock shares in a public company managed by non-Jews, who operate the company on Shabbos and Yom Tov? Discussion: Yes, it is permitted. The poskim explain that buying shares in a company is not the same as becoming a partner in the company. Buying shares is merely a method […]
Partnering with a Non-Jew for Shabbos
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Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah  In simanim 245 and 246, Shulchan Aruch and the poskim discuss different types of partnerships and arrangements that Jews and non-Jews may make in order to allow the business to continue operating on Shabbos. In the responsa works of some of the great poskim of yesteryear, we find many different […]
Business Partnerships Between Jews and Non-Jews
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Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah The Shulchan Aruch rules that it is permitted for a Jew and a non-Jew to form a business partnership if they stipulate at the outset that the Shabbos work is totally under the non-Jew’s jurisdiction, i.e., that only he is responsible for the work on Shabbos and that he is […]
Baking Challos for Shabbos
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Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Shulchan Aruch cites challah-baking for Shabbos and Yom Tov as a mitzvah[1] and a worthy practice “that should not be abandoned.”[2] Indeed, it is a time-honored custom for women to bake challah loaves for Shabbos and Yom Tov, both because it enhances kavod Shabbos and kavod Yom Tov[3] and because […]
Laundry on Friday
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Courtesy of Ohr Olam Mishnah Berurah Question: Nowadays when almost every home has a washing machine and dryer, does Ezra’s takanah of not doing laundry on Friday still apply? Discussion: Contemporary poskim debate whether or not Ezra’s takanah of not doing laundry on Friday is applicable nowadays as well, since doing laundry today is not […]