To what extent, if any, must a Jew go through in order to cooperate with authorities, who are not seeking to persecute Jews, in ways that violate Shabbat? May he violate rabbinic ordinances, or actual torah law in an indirect or unnatural way (shinuey)? Or, is there no leeway whatsoever no matter what the potential consequence of obstruction is (short of death)?

  • This question is way to vague for an answer. What are the circumstances? Are the authorities evacuating a burning building? Are they searching for a criminal? Are they just persecuting Jews?
    – Daniel
    Apr 19, 2013 at 14:10
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    @nikmasi, I still think this is not specific enough of a question. The context is important. Do you think the answer to this question would be the same in every situation?
    – Daniel
    Apr 19, 2013 at 14:19
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    related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/13181/759
    – Double AA
    Apr 19, 2013 at 14:31
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    @Daniel I think a good answer would outline principles that could cover various situations.
    – user2110
    Apr 19, 2013 at 14:33
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    @IsaacMoses, I'd be surprised if that were the answer. If a policeman comes to my home and says "we'd like you to ride down to the station to help us investigate a string of misdemeanors, can you come along now please?", I suspect the p'sak would be "don't go".
    – msh210
    Apr 19, 2013 at 15:02


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