Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Melacha Done by a Non Jew on Shabbat for a Jew

Melacha Done by a Non Jew on Shabbat for a Jew
Day: Tuesday
Date: May 5, 2015
Parshat: Emor
Yalkut Yosef: 324

It is forbidden to benefit on Shabbat from melacha that was done by a non Jew for a Jew. This is true even if the non Jew was not asked to do the melacha. Even if the non Jew does not know the Jew, if it is apparent in any way that the melacha is being done for the Jew no benefit can be had from it. Therefore one may not have a maid or an assistant boil coffee for him on Shabbat afternoon. If the maid boiled water for herself and some is left over one may also not drink that water on Shabbat. This is a rabbinic decree in order to prevent a person from eventually asking the non Jew straight out to cook food for him on Shabbat. If there is no other option or it is needed for a mitzvah then the leftover water that was made for the non Jew may be consumed.

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