Ask the Rabbi - Customs and Practices

Work on Shabbat

Q: Is a Noahide allowed to work on Shabbat?

Q: I work in a factory in Uzhgorod, and they are asking me to work Saturday instead of the next day, Sunday. Is a Noahide allowed to work on Shabbat?

A: Yes, he is allowed, unless when he declared to a Beit Din that he accepts the Noahide laws he also took on a specific obligation to observe the laws of Shabbat. But this is very rare (see Be’er Halacha, in Orach Chaim 304).

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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