Sunday, August 16, 2015

Helping a Non Religious Holeh on Shabbat

Helping a Non Religious Holeh on Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: August 16, 2015
Parshat: Shoftim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 328

It is necessary to break Shabbat in order to assist any Holeh in danger even if the Holeh does not keep Torah and Mitzvot. Even if the person publicly desecrates Shabbat one is still required to break Shabbat to help him. First, the person may have decided to do teshuva and second, by not treating the person it might cause other non religious people to refuse to help religious people who need help on Shabbat. Therefore if a non religious person was in a car accident on Shabbat and lost consciousness, anybody around must help him even if doing so involves hilul Shabbat. It is best if possible for melachot De'oraita to be done by two people together which makes the Melacha a Derabanan instead of De'oraita.

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