Monday, October 19, 2015

Using a Door Knocker on Shabbat

Using a Door Knocker on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: October 19, 2015
Parshat: Lech Licha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 338

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina

Since the intention is not to make music, it is permissible to knock on a door Shabbat. For the same reason, it is even permissible for Sephardim to use a door knocker on Shabbat. However, Ashkenazim are strict in this regard and do not use door knockers on Shabbat since they are created solely for the purpose of making noise. It goes without saying that an electrical doorbell may not be used on Shabbat. It is permissible to open a door on Shabbat even if there are bells tied to it that will chime and let people know that the door was opened. It is better though to remove the bells before Shabbat. If the chime is electric it must be removed before Shabbat so as not to cause those who open the door to break Shabbat.

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