Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Shopping

Perhaps there is no greater expression of taking care of one’s own needs than going shopping. In this light, the halachah is that one may not go to the store to purchase something before praying (Mishnah Berurah 89,36). However, there are a number of situations where one is actually honoring Hashem through his shopping.

Note the following scenario. A mother is preparing food for her children who will only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, and the jelly is finished. Under these or similar circumstances, it is permitted to go to the store to buy food for the children (Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, shlita, as cited in Tefillah K’Hilchasa 6,18). After purchasing the jelly, she can finish off the job and make the sandwiches as well (Rav Shlomo Zalman Aeurbach as cited in Tefillah K’Hilchasa 6[39]).

Erev Shabbos is hectic, and possibly the only time to purchase one’s Shabbos food is early in the morning, before tefillah. Alternatively, the local store might carry limited stock, making it necessary to get there early to buy quality food. Shopping for Shabbos is considered to be cheftzei Shamayim, and is permitted before praying (Mishnah Berurah 250,1).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON MISHPATIM:

View Complete List

Position Impositions
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

The Invisible Heart
Shlomo Katz - 5758

What We Have Done
Rabbi Label Lam - 5776

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Beyond the Letter of the Law
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5764

Jewish Slavery?
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

Correct Interpretations
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

ArtScroll

One of Us
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5756

Bribes Blind: Not Only Judges & A Case Study
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5776

Honesty Is The Divine Policy
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5765

> The Metaphor of Coming In and Going Out With His Coat
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

Be There!
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Pleasant Rebuke
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Two Sabbaths
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Gilded Bondage
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Letting Go...
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5776

Jewish Law in Society Today
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information