Har Nof Terror Attack: Plea from families of the 4 victims – Shabbat of Ahavat Chinam / Carrying phones and guns on Shabbat.

21 11 2014


As we are all aware, the terrorism continued this week with a horrific attack in Har Nof, a neighbourhood many of us love and know well. Underneath, you will find the psak about carrying phones over Shabbat in Yerushalayim due to the current security climate.

May calm return to the streets of Yerushalayim,
Benjy Singer – the founder of the My Shteiblech Social Media Portal.

(Here is the blog I wrote about how to cope in times of terrorism: https://thoughtsfromtheshteiblech.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/coping-in-a-climate-of-terrorism-5-practical-steps/)

1) Here is a special plea for Shabbat from the families of the 4 Kedoshim:

“The widows of the Har Nof massacre have asked that this Shabbat be dedicated to ‘ahavat chinam’ – love for no good reason.”

Translation of Widows’ Letter:
The widows and orphans of the four men who were slain in the Jerusalem synagogue massacre this week issued a letter calling for national solidarity and unity:

With broken hearts, drenched in tears shed over the spilt blood of holy men – the heads of our families.

We call on our brethren wherever they are – let us come together so that we may merit mercy from Heaven, and let’s accept upon ourselves to increase love and comradery, between each individual and each community.

We ask that every person accept upon himself on this Sabbath Eve (Parshat Toldot, November 20-21, 2014), to set aside the day of Shabbat as a day of unconditional love, a day during which we will refrain from words of disagreement and division, from words of gossip and slander.

May this serve to elevate the souls of our husbands and fathers who were slaughtered while sanctifying God’s name.

God will look down from the heavens, see our suffering, wipe away our tears and put an end to our tribulations.

May we merit seeing the coming of our Moshiach (Messiah) speedily in our days. Amen.

Signed with a torn heart,

Mrs. Chaya Levin and family
Mrs. Bryna Goldberg and family
Mrs. Yaacova Kupensky and family
Mrs. Bashy Twersky and family

2) Carrying phones/ guns over Shabbat in Yerushalayim:

Guns :
The shuls in the area- Ramban, the Katamon Shteiblech etc. have asked those who are licensed gun holders to come to shul with their guns.


Rav Yoni Rosensweig:
In my opinion it’s simple. A phone is not muktze – it is a כלי שמלאכתו לאיסור. A כלי שמלאכתו לאיסור can be moved on Shabbat לצורך גופו and לצורך מקומו. In my opinion when one is carrying a phone on Shabbat, and it helps to allay one’s fears, that falls within the category of לצורך גופו, and is obviously fine.

My (Benjy) addition:
I have heard poskim in a number of different circumstances give the psak that it is permitted to carry around a phone on Shabbat – as a phone is a lower level of mukzeh, preferably in something that isn’t mukzeh, in a case where a person feels their life maybe in danger or they maybe needed to safe life. Of course in a definite situation of pikuach nefesh it’s permitted to break Shabbat as we all know.
This is a complex issue and if you have any further questions please ask a Rav.

3) Links to the My Shteiblech Social Media Platforms:

My Shteiblech comprises of 5 Social Media platforms you should like, subscribe to and use:

1) Weekly Newsletter:http://eepurl.com/CcIAH

2) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Shteiblech/139446259564549

3) Facebook Group for the Jerusalem area (you can post in this group):https://www.facebook.com/groups/464864350308046/

4) Facebook Group for the Tel Aviv area (you can post in this group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/502245053236300/

5) Twitter: @myshteiblech

Shabbat Shalom!




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