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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - hot water tap on Shabbat
Submitted by Chagai  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I was once told that if the majority of the tenants in a building are goyim, that it would be permissible to turn on the hot water faucet on Shabbat. Since everyone in the building is using the hot water, and it's not for the direct benefit of a Jew, then you wouldn't be mechalel shabbat by using the hot water tap. Could you clarify this for me?
Answer: I do not hear the logic of this heter and would not rely on it. Presumably they are considering the new water entering the hot water heater to be a psik reisha d'lo ichpat lei, but it sounds weak to me.
posted:2010-11-12 12:03:37


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