9

I've long heard 'urban legends' of halachically observent Jews in Boston many years ago riding the train ('the T') on Shabbat. Does anyone have any written evidence of such a practice? (I'm not looking for the halachic reasoning, as per another question on this site, rather for evidence for a sociological phenomenon in the halachic Jewish community.)

  • Rabbi Rakeffet discusses Jews in the Bronx riding the subway on Simchas Torah, and a listener eventually found written proof of it. – Shalom Jul 15 '13 at 2:00
  • I heard the T could only be ridden outbound on Shabbat, because it used to be that you only paid for inbound trips. – Double AA Jul 15 '13 at 7:24
  • ...the T isn't actually a form of transit, so I think it'd be okay. Remember, their first priority is safety. ;) – Charles Koppelman Jul 15 '13 at 15:43
  • Is it just me, or does anyone else think that this question would be more appropriate to be asked over at the History SE? – Adam Mosheh Jul 17 '13 at 15:27
  • 3
    @AdamMosheh, it may well also be on-topic there, but as it's about the history of Jewish practice, it's definitely on-topic here, and I would expect there to be greater likelihood that one of our experts would know of a source for this information than one of theirs. – Isaac Moses Jul 17 '13 at 15:43
4

I don't know about Boston, but I know that at one time Jews on the mainland in Hong Kong would take a ferry to the island where the synagogue was located. Instead of paying for the ferry as usual, they purchased tickets in advance. I have myself seen such a ticket and printed on it the words "only to be used by Jews on the Sabbath".

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .