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Taking Pictures on Shabbos

Question:
I need to be at a non religious Bar Mitzvah on Shabbos. The family will be hiring a photographer. If asked, can I pose for a picture if the photographer is not Jewish. What about if I’m sitting down and I see him taking my picture, should I ask him not to?

Answer:

The photographer does not have to be stopped from taking pictures, however you should not intentionally pose for any pictures.

The photographer is taking pictures in any event and is a non Jew, so technically there is no issue. However posing for a picture would be behavior which belittles the sanctity of Shabbos. Ultimately he is doing work on behalf of a Jew [which is forbidden for the Jew] in an atmosphere of Shabbos desecration. So while attending is often necessary, effort should be made to distance from the Chilul Shabbos.

 

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