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Buying From or Driving a Jew on Shabbat
Question from torabora:

is it at all discouraged for Noahides to use the airport on Shabbat in Israel, or is it not a factor for a Noahide to consider?

The concern is contributing to the demand of non-observant Jews to perform work on Shabbat, whether on the plane, airport, taxi, or hotel, as well as increasing their work, causing disturbance to Shabbat where many Jews reside, and so on...



Strictly speaking, a Noahide can use all the services that are being offered at and in conjunction with the Israel Airport during the Jewish Sabbath. That's because the Jews who are working have already decided to do that, and a Noahide is not responsible for the actions of a Jew.

On the other hand, if the Noahide can avoid doing actual business with Jews on their Sabbath, when it's not really necessary, that will be better. For example, not buying unnecessary snacks, books or souvenirs, etc., from shop clerks who are Jews. There are numerous Arab store clerks who work there, so it's preferable to do the business with them.

If a shop is obviously owned by a Jew, but you see only Gentiles working in the store during the Shabbath, it may be that the Jew is in partnership with a Gentile, and he sells the business to the Gentile before the Sabbath starts on Friday PM and buys back his share after the Sabbath ends on Saturday night, so all the business and profits during the Sabbath are owned only by the Gentile, in which case there is no prohibition involved.

Also, there are numerous Arab taxi drivers, so it's better to be driven by them during the Jewish Sabbath

You may know that El Al airlines does not fly on the Sabbath.

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RE: Driving a Jew on Shabbat - by Teodor - 04-01-2009, 06:21 PM
RE: Buying From or Driving a Jew on Shabbat - by Director Michael - 04-04-2019, 11:39 AM

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