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Elevator on Shabbat


Rabbi Jonathan Blass

17 Adar II 5763
Is it permissable to use or operate an elevator on Shabbat and Yom Tov?
Operating an electrical device, like an elevator, is forbidden on Shabbat and Yom Tov unless it is a rabbinically-approved "Shabbat elevator" that runs automatically.
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