Sunday, September 22, 2019

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Drive on Shabbos?


   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

Lan Asks;

     I have a bit of a problem. To get to the nearest shul for Shabbat, I have to walk 2 miles to get to a public bus stop, ride 6 miles, then walk another mile. Do I break Shabbat to observe it, or just stay home?

    Might be a good video topic.

 

Shalom Lan;

     We don't break Shabbos to observe it. If we can't get to shul we daven alone.    

     Many years ago, the "Conservative" movement saw that their congregations were so spread out that they could not come to pray on Shabbos, so they passed a rule that you could drive on Shabbos if you were coming come to pray. Soon, they saw that those who drove to go pray on Shabbos, also, on the way home, stopped off to buy bagels for Shabbos lunch.

     Probably the best choice is to move closer to the minyan, or even better, start a minyan in your neighborhood.

     Let me know what happens.

Be well

Gutman

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