Thursday, December 17, 2015

Walking by a Light With a Sensor on Shabbat

Walking by a Light With a Sensor on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: December 17, 2015
Parshat: Vayigash
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 345

When a person needs to walk on Shabbat by a light with a sensor, it is best to wait for a non Jew to walk by first so as not to be the one to cause the light to turn on. If it is unlikely that anyone else will come along and there is no practical way around, there are some poskim who allow walking by. However, the vast majority of poskim do not allow this and therefore one should not walk by such a light on Shabbat. Along the same lines, it is forbidden to walk into a room on Shabbat if doing so will cause the light or air conditioner to immediately turn on.

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