For example if a shul had a children's program, a chazan who was only there on Shabbos, or a catering company who set up kiddush for the shul...

The fact that all these examples only take place during Shabbos, is it a problem that they be paid at another time since the earning of that money took place on Shabbos?


As DanF stated in his comment, the common practice is to pay them for a service that included some non-Shabbos time, so we're not strictly paying for time on Shabbos. For instance:

Children's program: prepare posters or games before Shabbos, and use them on Shabbos.

Chazzan: prepare music before Shabbos and perform on Shabbos.

Caterer: often some of their setup will be done before Shabbos.

Babysitter: if you need one Friday night, it's best to ask him/her to arrive a few minutes before Shabbos, so that way you're paying for non-Shabbos time too. Similarly if you need one for late Saturday afternoon, have them stay until Havdalah, so they babysat on non-Shabbos as well.

  • Re caterer - Perhaps, even the food cooking itself may suffice, as you are paying them for that, as well. In other words, I don't think it requires any physical set-up in the place, itself. As a matter of fact, in many places, tables & chairs are set up on Shabbat, itself, and food is delivered (carried within an eruv, of course) on Shabbat.
    – DanF
    Jun 14 '17 at 13:12
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    As always, citing sources for your claims would improve your answer.
    – msh210
    Jun 17 '17 at 18:33
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  • reminder to edit in sources Jul 9 '18 at 15:00

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