Weekly Freebies: Shabbos Goy

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The circumstances under which you may ask (or hint to) a gentile to perform for you a forbidden labor on Shabbos are complex and often misunderstood. R. Yitzchak Zilberstein’s massive work on the subject, Melakhim Omanayikh, is available for free download at HebrewBooks: link.

See prior freebies here: link

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. 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.


  1. Weekly freebies are getting interesting. Last week giving away avodah zarah and this week Shabbos goys. I can’t wait to see what will come next!

  2. One of my years in YU, the kollel was doing avodah zarah. That was easily joked about.

  3. Am I the only one bothered by the fact that in some areas (perhaps this one) the halacha is so complicated that a person of average intelligence is simply incapably of understanding and keeping it?

  4. R’ Shlomo,
    I’m not sure bothered is the right word, but I’ve reflected in the past that it is interesting that our approach to the halachic process has yielded this result.

  5. If you know the general rules, almost all the details flow naturally.

  6. Was I the only one disappointed that this wasnt a free copy of Prof Jacob Katzs book?

  7. From a recent audioroundup:
    •Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz -Ten Minute Halacha – Work Exercise and Travel Before Davening
    R’Lebowitz does a yeoman’s job trying to provide a theoretical underpinning to define which activities are permitted or prohibited prior to morning prayer. It does seem, however, that CLOR is the only simple rule to follow (arghhhh – multiple undefined generating functions at work again!).


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