Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shabbos Elevators issues hopefully resolved

I have been informed that the recent turmoil about Shabbos elevators had no basis in fact and that as the result of a recent meeting of rabbonim there will be an official return to the view accepted for 25 years. Please note that this is not to be relied upon as official psak but it is just a notification that if you had concerns or doubts about Shabbos elevators - ask your rabbi again what is the current view..


  1. Thank you for the update. On the one hand for me the "pesak" that made news including NPR made no difference to me as people have always questioned these elevators, but what did happen?? Was there a retraction or nothing was said, I am confused.

  2. This is good news. The bad news is that there is no mechanism to avoid another psak based on inaccurate information with great harm.

  3. As regards to the comment by Frumfollies, unfortunately, just about EVERY public psak signed-on-to by multiple Rabbonim in the last several years was based on incorrect information.

    (Shaitels, Slifkin, etc, etc, etc)

    Can anyone here think of an exception?

    (Limit yourself to psakim deemed "Public Pronouncements" and publicized through the Charedi press.)


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