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7 Tishrei 5766

Web Cam on Shabbat


Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Question:
If there is a web cam in Eretz Yisrael that is operating on Shabbat, am I permited to view the web cam while it is Shabbat in E"Y but stil Chol here in Chutz Laaretz?

Answer:
One can not benefit from a Chilul Shabbat of a fellow Jew, therefore if the operation of a website or the camera includes breaking the laws of Shabbat you can't view it in your place even though it's not yet Shabbat by you and if it is does not involve violating Shabbat prohibitions it's permissible.
The mere fact there is a camera operating on the website does not necessarily mean it involves Chilul Shabbat.


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