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Elevator on Shabbat

Rabbi Jonathan Blass17 Adar II 5763
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Question
Is it permissable to use or operate an elevator on Shabbat and Yom Tov?
Answer
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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