Hogwarts Shabbos III

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I spoke with one of my rabbe’im who is a recognized posek. He does not want to be associated with Harry Potter so I agreed not to publicize his name. He thinks that from the standpoint of the laws of Shabbos, it is permissible to cut the tape on the box, remove the book and read it. However, he does not necessarily recommend reading Harry Potter on Shabbos or during the week, and he points out that there are posekim who would rule strictly. But as he said, if this were a box of napkins that came in the mail, he’d allow it to be opened.

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TorahMusings.com, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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