Lending A Hand On Shabbos

Just a few minutes before Shuvuot, as I was walking to a friend’s home for dinner, I passed two Mexicans in an alley with a beat-up old truck. A middle-aged man and woman were straining and failing to put a refrigerator in the back.

A couple of young Orthodox Jewish men had already passed them by.

I asked if they needed help. They said please. I jumped in there, got set, and with my assistance, they got the fridge on top of their truck.

Then I walked on and thought about what I would do if it were already a holy day. I decided I would pitch in and help anyway because these guys were putting their health at serious risk struggling with a load they weren’t strong enough to lift.

On other occasions, I’ve helped push a car on Shabbos and done similar things. I notice that almost all religious Jews avoid such activities. I don’t know what the laws are, but working on a holy day is certainly forbidden.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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