At Marom Paris, we like to spend shabbat together. One way is to gather at one's place, sitting on the couch, and chat for hours in front of a glass of wine and a cheeseboard. Last September however, one of our motived members had a brilliant idea: what if we would take a small rollerblade tour in the streets of
Question: is running on rollerblades permitted on Shabbat (in
1. The Mishna lists 39 categories of shabbat work that are prohibited, based on the activities of the Tabernacle carried across the desert by the Israelites, as described in the Torah. (By the way, a different list of activities was found in the library of
The first observation is that rollerblading, which involves movements of the legs and rolling, doesn't relate to any of the 39 categories of prohibited work.
2. It is prohibited to carry from an Eruv during shabbat. So our question is whether doing rollerblade in the streets of
Rollerblades are considered as a piece of clothing, if the wheels are attached. As a consequence, doing rollerblade isn't an act of carrying. The problem may occur when you remove them in order to carry them. If this is made inside the house, like when you would put them on and off at home there is no problem with carrying.
3. Should rollerblading be prohibited "for fear of" bringing about a risk of breaking a law of shabbat like repairing or carrying?
- for Yeshaya Dalsace (Massorti Rabbi in
- However, the Talmud mentions that one is not allowed to go out on shabbat with an object that you might want to take off, like shoes that would be too large, or jewels. But according to Rabbi Scheinberg (ohr Somayach) this rule doesn't extend beyond the objects explicitly mentioned in the Talmud, and it is not allowed to include new objects today. Therefore rollerblades are not concerned.
4. Is running on rollerblades compatible with the spirit of shabbat ?
For most of massorti Rabbis to whom we've asked this question, Yeshaya Dalsace and Rivon Krygier from Paris Chaim Weiner from
Here there is a divergence with some orthodox Rabbis, like Rav Kahn from Cheela.org who consider that it is not compatible, or Rabbi Scheinberg for whom rollerblading doesn't honour shabbat (zilzul), even if it's in order to go to the synagogue. Another rav from thehalacha.com considers it as a disgrace to shabbat.
5. Is it a problem to get some exercise by rollerblading on shabbat?
Some orthodox Rabbis (thejewishpress.com) refer to the Mishna and Maimonides in order to support the idea that getting exercise results in the healing of the body, and as such should be forbidden on shabbat. What do we mean by "exercise"? Maimonides answers: from the point where one sweats.
The massorti position is usually more flexible and allows limited exercise to be performed on shabbat.
On the day of the event, Oct 23, it started to rain… We postponed the shabbat-rollerblade event to later. But that was minor ;-)
Pierre Stanislawski – October 2010
MAROM Olami is excited to Invite you to an international get together – MAROM mondial!
No need to go and book flights, it is going to take place on December 5th, in Your local Marom branch. All you need is to find the local Marom group!
We will assemble for candle lighting, a short Limmud (text learning) and more surprises!
So save the date: 5/12/2010 4 pm
Stay tuned to get the link for the web conference here: http://maromeurope.blogspot.
My first Jewish station in Hungary was at the Budapest Moishe House which was opened a year ago in the Jewish quarter by three energetic young ladies: Eszter Susan, Zsofia Eszter Simon and Anna Balint. I felt at home from the first step, and enjoyed a colorful and welcoming design as well as activities. As an active friend of the London Moishe House I was so happy to see that the spirit of a community house is common for those two. In addition I admired the cooperation between Marom Budapest, Budapest Moishe House and so many other local and international Jewish organizations that know how to work together and put aside differences and politics.
director, Adam Schönberger
I had the privilege to participate in the largest Shabbat in Hungary that weekend with more than 100 Jews from Canada, France, the Netherlands, Israel, U.S. , and of course, Hungary gathering in to pray, sing and build a sense of a community so far away from home.
and Rachel Bluzer Shalem at Bánkitó Torah reading
Rabbi David Lazar led the services, helped us to create a spiritual environment and encouraged each one of us to ask questions, to search and find our ways, rather then THE way. The subject of that week’s Parashah was the laws of kashrut. A long and technical list of what you can eat, and what not. Rabbi Lazar took this subject a step forward, made us look into ourselves and asked us to think about how we choose what to put in our body. Whether it is just the taste that is so important and that the food is healthy, or do we also care about the production procedures, and their morality. How much are we willing to pay to make our food “good”? Will it consider the point of view of the animals, the food factory workers or the environment?
Jewstock in Hungary
Activities range from egalitarian shabbath prayers, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, discussions up to alternative theatre shows or interfaith services. The focus of the festival is the culture of minorities with the aim to present the values of these cultures, and to initiate dialogue between them. In line with this beyond the Jewish programs the Bánkitó festival has also offered programs related to the Gipsy and Slovakian communities of Hungary.
The festival was run by the work of 100 volunteers –including Jewish and non-Jewish young adults. One of the main values of the festival is the common work and efforts of the core group of 20 volunteers who meet weekly during the year and develop the programs, as well as provide the technical and material needs. “During the process of organising the festival key issues of Hungarian society, including Jewish society are discussed, reflected upon, and the answers of the third generation realizes in the festival itself” – says Eszter Susán, coordinator of Marom Europe who was leader of the Bánkitó programming team. Thus the event is not only an outreach program for anyone who would like to join, but also a serious community development effort of the younger generations.
This year was the second year of the Bánkitó festival, and the fifth year of Marom hungary's summer festivals. One of the “Bánkitó” aims is become the major Jewish “backpackers” festival in Europe throughout the next years. The festival offers English language programs, as well, and has a significant English-language audience. This year members of the Marom Europe network have joined the festival – both as participants and as lecturers. A larger group from Marom Paris came to visit the festival and Budapest. Inbar Bluzer Shalem, UK Marom coordinator and coordinator of Marom Europe gave a session on Happiness economics and the whole festival experience was spiced by the presence of rabbi David Lazar, creating special shabbath activities and beyond.
Don’t miss it next year! Stay tuned!
Full program in English online
Related article on the JTA
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by Luka Woititz
The next day, we were attending Kiddush in the beautiful Dohány synagogue, along with 120 participants of the tour 'Journey and Herzl's footstep' . After Kiddush, we together continued with a guided tour through a charming Jewish Budapest, which finished in the Israeli Cultural Institute. After many warm conversations rest was much needed, and shabbat is the day for it. At the end of Shabbat, Havdalah announced the arrival of a new week which we seized until the early hours – of course starting in Sirály, where local folk-rock-klezmer group called 'Sheket' was having a gig.
In Sirály we had a lot of discussions and imbibed a glass of tasty genuine beer. Although I am still claiming that we were not in
To me personally, as well as to the others, Sirály represented a hub and a meeting place for our group.
On Sunday morning, we all would have appreciated to sleep a bit longer. We slowly had our morning coffee and ate our breakfast and then went to visit the Shoa (
We walked thru 7th district for the very last time and then, after strenuous yet very enjoyable days, we headed back to
The Community led by Marom Budapest is exemplary and the ideas of its young members should resonate throughout the world. Every community in the world should wish to be so warm and open. It is important that we all follow and are inspired by these values.
-fantasy, energy, contrast : enough to characterize a group of young adults
-the great talent of our illustrator and designer Daniela Cytryn, a member of Marom Paris who is also a wonderful children's illustrator
More about her work at http://danielacytryn.blogspot.com/