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Security Cameras on Shabbos


I saw the rav’s answer on leaving on video cameras on shabbos (mutar), can the rav please explain his psak (I am doing research on this subject and I would like to know the rav’s explanation on his heter).

Thank you

The people walking into the range of the cameras have no intent [and often no knowledge] of being recorded. Being that the cameras are on and running in any event, walking in front of the camera with no intent does not involve any melacha. The inner workings of such an electric device which is already on does not constitute melacha.

See Tshuvos Minchas Asher Vol. 1 SIman 30 – 32 for extensive discussion on the use of electricity and  electric devices on Shabbos.


sorry for the delayed response

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