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Turning off/muting a phone should take about 10 seconds, and disturb no one else. A phone ringing 5-6 times before going to voicemail will really disturb anyone else in the area. Therefore, I would say that the person should turn it off - his prayers are already disturbed by concern over forgetting to deal with the phone. No one has ever been struck by ...


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In Lma'an Yishme'u #267 (page 2) Rabbi Chaim Hillel Raskin says that it is a Halachic obligation to quiet or turn off a cell phone before starting to Daven. If he did not, and his cell phone rings, he is allowed to quiet or turn off the phone to ensure that no one will be disturbed further. Although he doesn't specifically address a situation where it ...


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There may be a problem with the instruction "Please leave a message". as you are requesting a melachah be performed on your behalf. One formulation I've heard suggested is the change the prompt to "If you leave a message, I'll call you back" or similar wording that does not explicitly request the caller leave a message. (No sources to hand, sorry.)


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Rabbi Frand mentioned this case in one of his weekly shiurim. He said that someone in the United States can call Eretz Yisrael on Erev Shabbos and leave a message on the machine (or send a FAX) as long as the person in Eretz Yisrael does not read the FAX or listen to the message. Many people turn the answering machine off in order not to accidentally hear ...


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No sources so please CYLOR but: The voicemail goes to a central server at your provider. When you dial in to retrieve your messages you are not accessing a message store on your phone rather you are dialing into a VM service. Since this server/service is maintained for both Jewish and Non-Jewish customers it would be permitted to have benefit from it even ...


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Your case is almost analogous to the video camera debate, where we find a select few big Rabbis disallowing the use of security cameras over shabbos and not allowing the video captured to be viewed. Two that come to mind are Reb Elyashiv & Reb Dovid Feinstein. However your case is different. In the case of the video camera we are dealing with a shvisas ...



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