Recently a debate of usage of cellphones on Shabbat has come up, mainly about reading and sending text messages.

I was wondering what the specific reasoning is behind not allowing it on Shabbat.

Any ideas?

  • I don't understand. Why wouldn't it be forbidden, just like all other uses of electricity?
    – HodofHod
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 7:45
  • Where did you see such a debate?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 7:59
  • In Israel this debate has opened up over the last few weeks. It seems there are certain circles who want to continue being "religious" but don't feel the need to turn off their cell phones before Shabbat. They say there is a reasoning behind this, I just can't figure out the (theoretical) reasons.
    – Gidil
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 8:03
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    this is the article nrg.co.il/online/11/ART2/493/440.html?snopcmdt=1
    – eliavs
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 11:34
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    @HodofHod, everything is permitted unless there's a reason to forbid it. If the asker wants to know reasons to forbid SMSing, I think that's a reasonable question. Otoh, based on the comments above, it seems as though he wants to know reasons to permit it, which doesn't seem like a reasonable question to me unless the question incorporates some reason to forbid SMSing that the asker then wants a heter for.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 16:29


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