Can I take the Shabbos Elevator in the hospital to join the Minyan?

 

Question:

My husband is in Maimonides hospital, healing from surgery. Should he take the Shabbos elevator down to the Minyan or daven alone in his room?

 

Answer:

Your husband may use the elevator.

If the elevator has a hechsher he should definitely not daven without a minyan. Even if it has no hechsher, there are strong arguments in favor of using the elevator over davening without a minyan. One who does so is acting correctly and cannot be faulted. At the same time, one who chooses davening alone over using such a Shabbos elevator is also acting correctly.

 

See here for an analysis of the issues:

Am I allowed to use a Shabbos elevator?

 

 

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