Light on Shabbos Turned on by Jew


Shalom aleichem Rabbi Lauffer. Thank you for answering my last question. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach in Minchas Shlomo 1:5 and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein in Igros Moshe EH 4:62:3 ruled that if a Jew turns on a light on Shabbos, another Jew would be forbidden to use that light to read, even if he could have read without this light, because this light makes it easier for him to read. Are there any poskim that are lenient and allow one to read, since he could have read even without this additional light, just that it’s easier to read with the additional light? Thanks.



  1. There are leniencies but I am not sure that I would advise someone to rely on them.

    For a more lenient approach please see:

    Best wishes from the Team