Can an Orthodox doctor ask a not-yet-religious Jewish colleague to exchange Shabbos hospital rotations?

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    Is a not-yet-religious Jew less bound by the laws (or less able to save someone's life)?
    – rosends
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 20:32
  • Ooh. I remember a machlokes amongst the Israeli Rabbis if you should rather use an irreligious car service to take you to the hospital. One said yes. And one said no as the allowance of chilul shabbos for pikuach nefesh etc is only for one who actually keeps Shabbos, not for one who brazenly desecrates it. I think the question was regarding driving a woman in labor to the hospital, if that matters.
    – user6591
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 20:35
  • Machloket Rav moshe feinstein and Rav Shlomo zalman aurbach
    – kouty
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 18:08
  • See nishmat Abraham....
    – kouty
    Commented Jul 25, 2020 at 18:09
  • Isn't this a bit like asking if a law abiding citizen can ask a criminal to commit a crime for him?
    – Tamir Evan
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 14:36

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Shemiras Shabbos 40:27 says that the orthodox doctor should not exchange with the non-religious doctor as the latter may come to transgress shabbos.

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    I suspect you mean "in ways unnecessary to save lives", but if so, you should add that.
    – Ze'ev
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 17:10
  • I was aware of this when I wrote my answer. Pekuach nefesh docheh shabbos is a given and applies to everyone in all cases so why would one assume otherwise in this specific case?
    – Geltman
    Commented Jul 27, 2020 at 19:00
  • Rav Feinstein disagree.
    – kouty
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 2:13

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