Is there any issues with reading a newspaper on Shabbat? Assuming you are not carrying the paper into the house without an eruv, I seem to remember hearing that you can not read a Saturday newspaper on Shabbat, but you could read the Friday paper or even parts of the Sunday paper that get delivered with the Saturday paper.


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There may be the issue of shtarei hedyotos - that you're not supposed to read secular material on Shabbos (see Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 307:12ff).


אין לקרוא בעתון [דתי] בשבת, ובפרט בן תורה, שיש בזה ביטול תורה. ומכל מקום המקילים בקריאת החדשות מהעיתון בשבת דרך עראי, ויש להם הנאה בקריאה זו, יש ללמד עליהם זכות, אחר שמצינו לכמה פוסקים שהקילו בזה אם הוא לצורך הנאתו. ובלבד שלא יקרא בעניני מסחר, ולא במודעות שבהן מתפרסמות הצעות קניה ומכירה, הצעות עבודה, והוראות בישול. וכן לא יקרא את הכיתוב שתחת התמונות. [ילקו''י שבת ב' עמוד רו].‏


  • It's preferable not to read them at all.
  • However, for those who enjoy reading the newspaper, there is room to be lenient.
  • It's prohibited to read in the business parts or any advertisements, job offers, or cooking strategies, or to read the captions.

This is talking about a religious newspaper.

  • Why did you put the word דתי in brackets?
    – Double AA
    Jul 3, 2012 at 5:07
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    I didn't, he did put the word in brackets. Jul 3, 2012 at 13:31
  • what matter the captions? Jul 3, 2012 at 16:11
  • @CharlesKoppelman I'm pretty sure the Shulhan Aruch says you can't read captions, but I may be wrong. Jul 4, 2012 at 4:01

See my answer, quoting R' Avraham Chaim Na'eh (Badai HaShulchan 107:43), here.


The primary issue most often cited is Nolad* - that we may not use that which has come into existence on Shabbath, and must treat it as Muktzeh, inasmuch as Muktzeh may not even be handled. For a more traditional example, one may not handle an egg that a chicken lays on Shabbath. Masecheth Beitzah is basically premised on this notion.**

*See here for a lengthy discussion on the subject of newspapers with various issues raised, not just Nolad (Hebrew).

**It might be more precise to say that Beitzah, which is about the laws of Yom Tov, is premised on the difference(s) between Y"T and Shabbath and takes as its starting point the case of an egg laid on Y"T and whether or not one may eat it.

  • Can you further define "which has come into existence on Shabbath" re a newspaper. If you're talking about the printing itself, parts of a newspaper are printed before Shabbat. And, would such questions apply to a secular newspaper printed and owned by Gentiles? If you mean the fact that it is available to the public on Shabbat only, then, I assume that anything at all that appears on Shabbat would be prohibited. If someone delivered food to you on Shabbat, why is that not nolad?
    – DanF
    Jun 29, 2018 at 16:51

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