What prohibition would talking to a virtual assistant like Alexa, Siri or Google on Shabbos fall under?

"Alexa, turn on the lights"

"Alexa, play Zemiros"

  • possible duplicate judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12572/759 – Double AA Feb 20 '19 at 20:21
  • In this answer it falls under the last two - Minhag and non-Sabbatical behaviour: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12604/15579 – Al Berko Feb 20 '19 at 20:25
  • First I was thinking about wiping "turn on the lights" because this is entirely different question, but it seems that that's the only interesting part here - manipulating elactricity with the power of the mind (non-physical interaction). – Al Berko Feb 20 '19 at 20:27
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    ME: "Alexa, turn on the lights." ALEXA: "Did you mean to say -- Alexa, it's dark in here, hint hint?" – Shalom Feb 20 '19 at 21:26
  • @Shalom That's not Alexa. Maybe "Alexandra" or "Sendra", for short ;-) – DanF Feb 20 '19 at 21:35

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