If you leave your store open on shabbos for your non-jewish or non-observant workers to run, and you don't make any money from it (give all profits to workers) is that ok?

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    This is a big sugyah, primarily dealing with halakhot from the first few simanim from hilchot shabbat in the S"A O"C. Very complicated, ask a qualified poseq. Dec 2, 2011 at 7:06

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There are a lot of factors involved, but starting with one of the more basic ones: Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 243:1ff) rules that if the store is known to belong to a Jew and that it's not the kind of business that is typically sublet to someone else, then it is indeed forbidden to have non-Jews work there on Shabbos, because then it becomes apparent that they're doing the work on your behalf.


No,you can not.

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    Can you give a source?
    – Isaac Moses
    Apr 15, 2010 at 23:53
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    What is the reason you can't?
    – shy''k
    Apr 16, 2010 at 1:09
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    You cant do business on Shabbos unless its Lshadech Habons and tinok Lilamo Sefer the zemer goes Apr 16, 2010 at 4:22
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    That Zemer happens to be a review of Hilchas shabbos. Apr 16, 2010 at 4:53

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