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I think there are a few different scenarios here: Shmerel looks into his neighbor Berel's mailbox, and sees something inappropriate. Mind your own business. Messing with his mailbox is a federal crime. Dina d'malchusa dina. R' Moshe Feinstein once dealt with a fellow who would seize people's (totally appropriate) stuff and demand they give tzedaka ...
Rambam Hilchos Shabbos 10:11 says that gluing two pieces of paper together on Shabbos is a Toldah (offshoot) of Tofer (the biblical prohibition against sewing on Shabbos). המדבק ניירות או עורות בקולן של סופרים, וכיוצא בו--הרי זה תולדת תופר וחייב One who glues pieces of paper or leather to each other with scribe's glue (קולן של סופרים), or anything ...
Certainly some mail deals with matters which are inappropriate reading material for Shabbos and one would not be willing to use them for other purposes, accordingly this mail is muktzeh and cannot be handled on Shabbos. (See Mishneh Berurah 307:56, It is not clear to me that one is prohibited to handle mail which one does not know to be in such a category ...
For deliveries on shabbos, you can usually get around this by inferring what the problem is. If the guy asks you to sign for a package, you can tell them "I can't sign on the sabbath." Most delivery guys, wanting to just move on, will sign for the package themselves. The package itself can be moved in an unusual manner (kicking the package across the ...
one is to assume that anything one is told is to be kept secret unless specifically instructed otherwise from http://www.torahmusings.com/2013/02/keeping-secrets/, by Rabbi Ari Enkin, citing Yoma 4b
The best thing to do is tell him to put it down inside. Regarding moving it from the outside due to theft you can move it with your foot so long it is in your Reshus.
If a non-Jew delivers something outside the city limit on yomtov, it's prohibited to use it that day. It can, however, be used the next day. So what if I wake up on the first day of Passover, and my non-Jewish neighbor knocks on the door and says, "Howdy! I just got up at the crack of dawn, drove to my farm 100 miles away, and picked a ton of apples. Here, ...
Since you may not open mail on Shabbat, any mail that is sealed may not be taken in. If the mail came on Shabbat from outside the Tehum Shabbat (the 2000 cubit boundary outside of settled area) then all the mail is forbidden to be moved.
From a Halakhic standpoint, there appears to be two questions here: Who has Halakhic possession, and thus liability, for the item? When does the customer legally possess the item, and thereby becomes responsible for it? Is it upon payment, or upon receipt? What is the Halakhic status of the postal carrier? Are they a Shaliach (Messenger)? Shomer ...
The following is a restating of an article originally published in Hamodia and reprinted at businesshalacha.com. Lets break this question down: If someone has a subscription to a Jewish weekly or magazine or newspaper (for example: Mishpacha, Binah, Ami, Jewish Press, Yated, Hamodia, etc.) and they are supposed to deliver on a specific day of the ...
I've also heard some people say they don't bring in mail or newspaper on shabbat because of Nolad.
Well bills are muktza, other mail is not. Either way one cannot open a letter on shabbat if the envelope is sealed.
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