Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sending a Non Jew to Buy Permissible Medications on Shabbat

Sending a Non Jew to Buy Permissible Medications on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: May 21, 2015
Parshat: Bimidbar
Hazon Ovadia: Shabbat 4, Pg. 356

As we have said, a person with a Mihush Be'alma may consume honey or take other things that healthy people consume even though his only reason is to feel better. If necessary, it is permissible on Shabbat to tell a non Jew to go and bring these things from a store. One can instruct the goy even if he will need to carry the items through a Reshut Harabim in order to bring it. The reason is as follows. On Shabbat one may not carry from a private domain to a public domain or vice versa unless there is an eruv. Carrying from one private property to another and passing though a public domain in the process is forbidden Miderabanan. Instructing a non Jew to do a melacha, such as carrying in a place without an Eruv is also forbidden Miderabanan. Telling a goy to carry from one private domain to another through a public domain however would involve two Rabbinic prohibitions. Since this is a matter of health it is permissible. This is called a Shvut Deshvut. (See DSH from May 7, 2015 for more information on Shvut Deshvut.)

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