Is it allowed to have a pillow fight on shabbat for fun, or is it like running which is forbidden?

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    Running is forbidden? – Double AA Aug 4 '13 at 11:28
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    Hi ray. Where are you getting the idea that running is forbidden? Also, why would pillow-fighting be like running? I can imagine some potential issues with pillow-fighting on Shabbos, but none of them have to do with running. – Daniel Aug 4 '13 at 13:04
  • @DoubleAA Maybe he meant playing with ball, which is also forbidden...Or maybe not.... – Yehoshua Aug 4 '13 at 13:11
  • I'm voting to close as "unclear what you're asking" in the mean time. – Daniel Aug 4 '13 at 18:26
  • gemora says running is forbidden halachayomit.co.il/EnglishDefault.asp?HalachaID=2428 – ray Aug 4 '13 at 20:06

Even running, if one takes pleasure in running, like young men who enjoy running, it is permitted (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 301, 2), so certainly a pillow fight which is done for fun is permitted. In addition, one of the explanations for the prohibition of running is that appears as though one is running to work (see Mishna Berurah 301, 1), and this certainly does not apply to a pillow fight.

  • do you have a source that running for pleasure is permitted? is this only for casual low distance running or even one which could be considered light exercise. – ray Aug 18 '13 at 19:30
  • @ray The link inserted by msh210 states that running for pleasure is OK. – Anthony Aug 19 '13 at 7:18
  • I added the sources. As long as one is enjoying the running, it is permitted. – Ofer Livnat Aug 21 '13 at 19:29

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