|When he was asked how he could do such a thing, since asking a goy is forbidden, he replied "asking a goy is forbidden, but nobody said anything about a jackass." Attributed to Rav Chaim David Halevi by Morris Podolak|
|Judaism is Impracticable|
|Circumventing Judaism by Employing Shabbos goys|
A GAME FOR ELEMENTARY AGED CHILDREN|
From: Shaina Shevin <[email protected]>
hey there. a game idea for elementarty age children.
This game is called Shabbos Goy, but you can call it whatever you like. I play it with my Bnei Akiva kids, but I learined it by running the Shabbos groups in my Lubavitch neighborhood. This game can be played with as many people as you want, but 15-20 is the best. To start the game, set the chairs up in a circle. have one person leave the room. While this person is gone, choose another player to be the Shabbos Goy. That person stands up and turns a couple of times so that all the other players can see what he or she looks like and is wearing. Details are very important in this game! After the SG sits down again, call back in the person who was sent out of the room. That person then has to go around the circle, asking each player a question. Questions can be of any sort. "What color hair does the SG have?" "Is the SG a boy or a girl?" Anything goes. The person goes around the cirlcle once, and at the end must guess who the Shabbos Goy is. If he or she is not correct, the questions begin again. Usually, it only takes one time around. The kids I have played this with have loved it. It gives them a chance to get creative in their answers. Oh! One small twist to the game! The Shabbos Goy must lie when questioned. This makes it a little more difficult. Enjoy!
Shaina Shevin Detroit, MI
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It was a Friday night in 1989, and the Senate was working late. For first-year member Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., that presented a problem. An Orthodox Jew who follows his religion's prohibitions against operating machinery on the Sabbath, he had to either walk the four miles from the Capitol to his home in Georgetown or sleep on a cot in his office. Until a Southern Baptist intervened.|
"My parents keep an apartment across the street in the Methodist Building," then-Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn., told Lieberman. "Would you like to use it?" When Lieberman said he would, Gore escorted him across the street, turning the lights on as he entered and off when he left, another task Orthodox Jews are not permitted to perform on their Sabbath, from sundown Friday through sundown Saturday.
Today, Lieberman loves telling friends about how the vice president of the United States once served as his "Shabbos goy," an old-fashioned term that strictly observant Jews used for a non-Jew ("goy") whom they would hire to do chores for them on the Sabbath ("Shabbos").
Kathy Kiely, Who is Joe Lieberman?, USA TODAY, 08-Aug-2000, at www.beth-am.org/commentary/commentary.48.html
He suggests that he felt a "Shabbos goy" actually a virtual battalion of goyim might have been a compromise to his town's thorny religious problem. Instead of putting up an eruv, Sullivan would ask high school students and confirmation candidates from his Catholic parish to volunteer to push baby carriages, carry house keys, and perform other tasks for Orthodox families.
Mike Kelly, Tenafly? Oy vey, The Record, 10-May-2001, at www.bergen.com/kelly/kelly1020010510.htm
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Rav Chaim David Halevi, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv
tells about when he was a young boy in Jerusalem and prayed in a
synagogue where the rabbi was a noted scholar. One Shabbos evening the
lights didn't go on and it was too dark to pray. They called an Arab
in, but couldn't tell him outright to open the lights, so they merely
pointed out to him that it was too dark to pray. The idea was that he
should open the lights on his own, without being directly asked. He
didn't catch on, however, and suggested that they open the lights. They
told him it was Shabbos and they were forbidden to do so. He still
didn't catch on. After a while the rabbi simply asked him to open the
lights, which he did. When he was asked how he could do such a thing,
since asking a goy is forbidden, he replied "asking a goy is forbidden,
but nobody said anything about a jackass" (with apologies for the free
Morris Podolak discussing the Shabbos goy on the Mail.Jewish Mailing List at www.ottmall.com/mj_ht_arch/v7/mj_v7i69.html. Parenthesized comment was in the original.
The local rabbi developed quite a reputation for his sermons; so much so that everyone in the community came every Shabbos.|
Unfortunately, one weekend a member had to visit Long Island for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah. But he didn't want to miss the rabbi's sermon. So he decided to hire a Shabbos goy to sit in the congregation and tape the sermon so he could listen to it when he returned.
Other congregants saw what was going on, and they also decided to hire a Shabbos goy to tape the sermon so they could play golf instead of going to shul. Within a few weeks time, there were 500 gentiles sitting in shul taping the rabbi.
The rabbi got wise to this. The following Shabbos he, too, hired a Shabbos goy who brought a tape recorder to play his prerecorded sermon to the 500 gentiles in the congregation, who dutifully recorded his words on their machines.
Shofar, Delaware's First Congregation, at www.akse.org/200103/page7.html
|Circumventing Judaism by Erecting Eruvs|
From the University City Eruv web site at dolphin.upenn.edu/~eruv
Down the street, Desea Trujillo, 31, said an eruv "doesn't harm anyone" and she does not object to it. But living side by side with Hasidic Jewish neighbours "is not always easy," she added.|
"It's hard to live on the street for 20 years and watch their kids grow up and never get to know them, and for my daughter not to be allowed to play with all these beautiful children."
Harvey Shepherd, Work on eruvs begins after court intervenes, Montreal Gazette, 23-Jun-2001, at www.cjc.ca/Newsviews/innews/GazetteJun23-01.htm
|A Call Upon the Canadian Jewish Congress|