Orthodox Judaism/Sabbath


Pennywhistler wrote at 2014-10-13 15:50:50
I am not sure if this is clear enough.

As Rabbi Ari Enkin mentions:  "work" as we used the word, and "work" as it relates to Shabbat are two different things.  And it is not 'work' that is fundamentally  forbidden on Shabbat, rather "creative labor" is forbidden. 'Mental work' is essentially permitted.

"Creative labor" means any kind of creation or destruction - writing, erasing, tearing, sewing, lighting a fire, putting out a fire, following a recipe, photocopying and the like.

Reading or discussing or teaching is not considered "creation".  A rabbi giving a sermon or reciting a prayer is not creating or destroying anything.

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Rabbi Ari Enkin


Specialization in Jewish Law and Customs


Rabbi Ari N. Enkin originally from Montreal fulfilled his life-long dream of making aliyah in July 2004 after serving for seven years as a congregational and community rabbi in Montreal, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. Rabbi Enkin holds both Yoreh-Yoreh and Yadin-Yadin semichas as well as a Masters Degree specializing in Informal Adult Education. He is the author of several seforim including most recently "Dalet Amot - Halachic Perspectives" which discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues. The first printing quickly sold out and a second revised edition is underway (Gefen Publishing House), as is a second volume in this series. Rabbi Enkin is also a frequent contributor to a number of publications on mostly Halachic topics. Since making Aliyah Rabbi Enkin has taught at a number of Yeshivot and Seminaries and is currently working as the manager of Cheerfully Changed Financial Services in Modiin. He also serves as the General Editor of the highly acclaimed Hirhurim Website as well as rabbinical advisor to Judaism.about.com. His lectures are known to be fun, informal, and enlightening appropriate form both laymen and scholars alike.

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