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Halacha - hotel rooms on shabbos
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Let's say I am staying in a non-Jewish hotel over shabbos. The door of my room opens with an electronic card, which I may not use. My roommate, Jewish but non-observant, opens the door for his own sake -- using the electronic card. May I go in and out the door?
Answer: Technically speaking it would be permitted since you do not derive direct benefit from his action, he has simply removed an obstacle from your path and it is termed mavriach ari. However, this situation could easily lead to serious problems that potentially you could have a Jew doing melacha specifically for your benefit on Shabbos and you would bear responsibility for his action. So it would be very advisable to avoid such a situation.
posted:2010-09-20 06:22:48


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