Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Goy Who Does a Melacha On His Own For a Jew

Day: Wednesday
Date: October 31, 2012
Parshat: Vayera
Source: Yalkut Yosef: 307

Sponsored by the Aharonoff family in memory of Sarah bat Yocheved. May her neshama be elevated and may she be a heavenly advocate on our behalf.

A non Jew who is doing melacha for a Jew on the Jew's property on Shabbat, must be stopped. However if he wants to do a melacha for himself he does not need to be stopped even if he's using the Jew's utensils to do it. The Jew may not tell him to the melacha with his utensils. For example, if a non Jewish housekeeper wants to turn on the light for her Jewish employer the Jewish employer can not allow it. If the housekeeper wants to turn it on for herself one does not need to protest, however the employer can not suggest to her to turn it on. 

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