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Is it allowed on Shabbos to place a baby in and out from a battery operated swing that is designed to swing itself. Of course the switch is turned on before Shabbas.

Maybe it’s the same as going in and off from an escalator/elevator , or is there any difference and sources to allow for a baby?

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  • one opinion, not explanation askhalacha.com/index.php/ufaqs/… – rosends Oct 1 '20 at 15:58
  • Good luck getting an answer to such a specific question like that! Almost everyone sticks warm food in the fridge not worrying about the extra power draw. Many people avoid shabbos elevators. Everything else in between.... – user6591 Oct 1 '20 at 19:27
  • There are also wind up swings that use a spring or something to store energy. That could be an acceptable option. Can one load a spring on Shabbos? Is it like a temporary knot or something? I honestly don't know. I think you can use a screen door that slams itself shut. – Mike Oct 2 '20 at 3:21
  • You’ll burn out the motor really quickly that way, unless the batteries run out on their own first. – LN6595 Oct 6 '20 at 22:34
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As long as putting the baby in the swing would not cause any extra melacha to be done, this would be permitted. The same is true of the Shabbos elevator - those who forbid its use do so only out of concern that the force of the person entering the elevator may cause lights to illuminate and such like.

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  • "As long as putting the baby in the swing would not cause any extra melacha to be done, this would be permitted. The same is true of” literally everything – Double AA Oct 6 '20 at 19:36
  • Even if ,wouldn't it be a grama? – sam Oct 6 '20 at 20:54
  • DoubleAA, you are right but it seems that the questioner was not aware. – tcdw Oct 7 '20 at 10:00
  • Sam, depending on exactly how it worked you might be right - once there is more information this can be answered intelligently. – tcdw Oct 7 '20 at 10:01

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