Thursday, October 4, 2007

Skateboard on Shabbat?

Question: Dear Rabbi, Is one permitted to skateboard on Shabbat? Please explain and provide sources.

Answer: The reasons for prohibiting travel on Shabbat do not apply to a skateboard, as long as it is used within an eiruv [ a fence, which can also be a wire or string that surrounds an area, usually a community. The eiruv is a legal device that converts a public domain into a private domain, thus permitting carrying within its boundaries, which would otherwise be forbidden on Shabbat] but not beyond the Shabbat tehum (2000 cubits beyond the last building, the furthest point one can go to on Shabbat). Read More!

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