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, 2013 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, 2013 at 13:04
  • @DoubleAA Maybe he meant playing with ball, which is also forbidden...Or maybe not....
    – Yehoshua
    Aug 4, 2013 at 13:11
  • I'm voting to close as "unclear what you're asking" in the mean time.
    – Daniel
    Aug 4, 2013 at 18:26
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    gemora says running is forbidden halachayomit.co.il/EnglishDefault.asp?HalachaID=2428
    – ray
    Aug 4, 2013 at 20:06

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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, 2013 at 19:30
  • @ray The link inserted by msh210 states that running for pleasure is OK.
    – Anthony
    Aug 19, 2013 at 7:18
  • I added the sources. As long as one is enjoying the running, it is permitted. Aug 21, 2013 at 19:29

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