Thursday, October 27, 2005

Skating through Shabbos

Associated Press :

The full scope of Jewish texts and traditions couldn't help the rabbi sort this one out: Could he inline-skate to synagogue on the holy day of rest and prayer?
Dov Kaplan decided he should go straight to the top for an answer - a religious sage in Jerusalem who rules on what's acceptable, and what's not, under Orthodox Jewish codes. His verdict on the skates? Roll on, including Saturdays...

Any dilemma over Shabbat - like the roller-skating question - will likely find its way to a crammed wedge of offices on a Jerusalem hilltop. The space serves as a kind of one-stop answer factory: its staff responding to letters and e-mails, its head rabbi issuing religious decrees and amateur inventors tinkering on work tables to find Shabbat-acceptable devices. Among the latest projects is a doorbell that uses air pressure instead of electricity.
"We believe the Torah is a living document and needs to address modern issues, especially with the incredible pace of change," said Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Halperin, a shaggy-bearded scholar who directs the Institute for Science and Halacha, the term for the body of Jewish law. "But we are not an institute that is looking for loopholes."...
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 1:16 PM


Blogger Reb Chaim HaQoton said...

Of course it's assur, it plows the floor with it's blade. What's the shayla?

3:45 PM  

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