Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 90:10
Non-Melacha Prohibitions

10. On Shabbos, personal documents, such as bills, account sheets, and social correspondence, may not even be scanned with one's eyes without articulation (1). Even though one is only engaging in mental contemplation, it is, nevertheless, forbidden, because our Sages allowed mental involvement in one's business affairs, only when it is not obvious that one is engaged in such an activity (2). In this instance, however, it is obvious that one is thinking about forbidden concerns, and hence, it is included in the prohibition of "...pursuing your affairs" (3).

A person who receives a letter and is unaware of its contents may read it, because it might contain a matter of vital personal concern ("Tzorech Gufo"). One may not, however, read it aloud. If one is certain that it involves business concerns alone, it is forbidden even to scan it with one's eyes. It is also forbidden to handle it, because it is considered muktzeh (4).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Some say this prohibition was enacted out of a concern that one may erase part of the contents, thereby violating a biblical prohibition; others claim that this falls under the general prohibition of "mimtzoh cheftzechoh" ("pursuing your affairs") which we have been dealing with throughout this chapter (Mishna Berura 307:51).

(2) See HY 90: 2 and 6.

(3) See HY 90:2

(4) Things which are prohibited to read on Shabbos, are muktzeh (Taz 307:17).

Back  Paragraph 9  Table of Contents  Paragraph 11 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.


 

ARTICLES ON MISHPATIM:

View Complete List

A Free Spirit
Shlomo Katz - 5776

Judgement to the Side of Merit
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

To Catch A Thief
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

> Law Brings Holiness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5755

Murder and the Super Bowl
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5759

The Truth About Freedom
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Sound Judgement
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

Seeing Double
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5761

It Is a Chessed
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

ArtScroll

Are Your Eyes Open?
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Lost Ring
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

It's His Call
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Number Seven
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Another Time - Another Place
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Laws and Attitudes
Shlomo Katz - 5767

Letting Go...
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5776



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information