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Renting website for Shabbat


Rabbi Moshe Leib Halberstadt

Cheshvan 27, 5777
In this question "Selling on the Internet on Shabbat" (link: you write that one can rent their website to a non-Jew during Shabbat. I run a global business and its extremely impractical to close my site on Shabbat — thus I would like to implement your renting suggestion. Can you please provide an example of what that contract should look like and the appropriate procedure? I want to make sure that I prepare the contract in the appropriate way. Thank you
The business should be rented out to the gentile from a half hour before Shabbat until a half hour after Shabbat. All profits during this time belong to the gentile. The gentile will pay rent to the Jew as agreed between them. Both parties are bound to the contract in accordance with Torah law and the local state law. If the name of the Jewish owner appears on the website, then one should publicize in the same place that from Friday at … (time) until Saturday at … (time) the website/business is owned by Mr. … (the gentile). ) שו"ע או"ח סימן רמג לענין מרחץ. סימן רמד, סעיף ו. ובמ"ב ובה"ל. אג"מ או"ח ד, סימן נה)
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