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Is there any issues with reading a newspaper on Shabbat? Assuming you are not carrying the paper into the house without an eruv, I seem to remember hearing that you can not read a Saturday newspaper on Shabbat, but you could read the Friday paper or even parts of the Sunday paper that get delivered with the Saturday paper.

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Rabbi Baruch Epstein famously recorded in his biography "Makor Baruch" that his uncle the Netziv would read the newspaper on Shabbos. Hard to extrapolate anything from this to actual practice for many reasons, but there you go. –  Barry Mar 15 '11 at 19:16
    
yalkut.info/%D7%94%D7%9C%D7%9B%D7%95%D7%AA-%D7%A9%D7%91%D7%AA/… see Siman 23 where he goes against secular newspaper very harshly. –  Hacham Gabriel Jul 3 '12 at 3:49
    
closely related: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/16999/603 –  Menachem Jul 4 '12 at 0:47
    
Nolad is the melacha or son of melacha –  Adam Mosheh Nov 14 '13 at 2:31
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There may be the issue of shtarei hedyotos - that you're not supposed to read secular material on Shabbos (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 307:12ff).

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The primary issue most often cited is Nolad* - that we may not use that which has come into existence on Shabbath, and must treat it as Muktzeh, inasmuch as Muktzeh may not even be handled. For a more traditional example, one may not handle an egg that a chicken lays on Shabbath. Masecheth Beitzah is basically premised on this notion.**

*See here for a lengthy discussion on the subject of newspapers with various issues raised, not just Nolad (Hebrew).

**It might be more precise to say that Beitzah, which is about the laws of Yom Tov, is premised on the difference(s) between Y"T and Shabbath and takes as its starting point the case of an egg laid on Y"T and whether or not one may eat it.

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אין לקרוא בעתון [דתי] בשבת, ובפרט בן תורה, שיש בזה ביטול תורה. ומכל מקום המקילים בקריאת החדשות מהעיתון בשבת דרך עראי, ויש להם הנאה בקריאה זו, יש ללמד עליהם זכות, אחר שמצינו לכמה פוסקים שהקילו בזה אם הוא לצורך הנאתו. ובלבד שלא יקרא בעניני מסחר, ולא במודעות שבהן מתפרסמות הצעות קניה ומכירה, הצעות עבודה, והוראות בישול. וכן לא יקרא את הכיתוב שתחת התמונות. [ילקו''י שבת ב' עמוד רו].‏

Summary:

  • It's preferable not to read them at all.
  • However, for those who enjoy reading the newspaper, there is room to be lenient.
  • It's prohibited to read in the business parts or any advertisements, job offers, or cooking strategies, or to read the captions.

This is talking about a religious newspaper.

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Why did you put the word דתי in brackets? –  Double AA Jul 3 '12 at 5:07
    
I didn't, he did put the word in brackets. –  Hacham Gabriel Jul 3 '12 at 13:31
    
what matter the captions? –  Charles Koppelman Jul 3 '12 at 16:11
    
@CharlesKoppelman I'm pretty sure the Shulhan Aruch says you can't read captions, but I may be wrong. –  Hacham Gabriel Jul 4 '12 at 4:01
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See my answer, quoting R' Avraham Chaim Na'eh (Badai HaShulchan 107:43), here.

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