R' Avraham Yossef in his radio program "Shamor veZachor" today (8 Kislev) was asked if wearing digital watches with step-counters is permitted on Shabbos.

He replied and I quote: "because of the fact the counting is done ממילא it is permitted".

It seems that R' Avraham did not fully understand the mechanism of step-counters and did not address the fact that counting is caused by person's voluntary movements (see the discussion here: "different-smart-sport-watches-on-shabbat)

Did he or his father, R' Ovadia Z"L or anybody else in his tradition wrote an answer on that issue?

  • What's the meaning of -1, do you disagree with R' Yossef, or with me? Please comment. – Al Berko Nov 16 at 12:55
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    Do you have the exact quote, or at least where one could find the exact quote? It’s difficult to gauge whether you’re accurately representing it, as this seems to be no different than, say, security cameras, in terms of the way it works (my voluntary movements directly lead to the circuits turning on). If anything, the question should be why it’s not a פסיק רישא דניחא ליה. – DonielF Nov 16 at 15:16
  • I’m almost certain his father never wrote an opinion on smart-watches, though he addressed other underlying issues related to it, such as @DonielF alludes to. – Oliver Nov 16 at 15:45
  • @DonielF Actually I quoted exactly, because I was listening VERY carefully. Maybe we should wait for the next program. Many times he changes his mind. – Al Berko Nov 17 at 15:54
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    You can just go to moreshet.co.il and ask him. – MDjava Nov 18 at 4:18

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