[Avodah] carrying an ID card on shabbat

Zev Sero zev at sero.name
Tue Mar 12 08:10:40 PDT 2013

On 12/03/2013 9:15 AM, Chana Luntz wrote:
> If you are a slightly
> anti-semitic police officer (or even just a stickler for law enforcement),
> you have just been handed a piece of knowledge that could enable you to
>  have lot of fun harassing Orthodox Jews - all perfectly legally.  [...]
> After all, if I was a purely mercenary minded member of the local
> authority, I might rather appreciate having found a way of generating yet
> more money for my budget by way of an "Orthodox Jew Tax" - and quite happy
> to authorise my police officers to go on a collection mission every shabbas.

This is precisely why I think it's important for the Dutch community to
resist this, and *not* to find any heterim to comply.  A deliberate
campaign to harass and mulct shomrei shabbos comes pretty close to "she'as
hashmad".  An individual may be able to find a heter for himself, but in
doing so he only makes it worse for the community.

> I am not going to deal with the issue in detail regarding a shvus d'shvus
> letzorech mitzvah - because I note that there is a teshuva directly on point
> from the Kol Mevasser chelek 1 siman 79.

Who is the author of this sefer?

> He doesn't mention war or any
> emergency, rather the question is about carrying some sort of identity card
> (teudat hamishtara) in one's hat purely due to a "gezera hamalchus".

When and where did he live, and what were the circumstances at the time?
What were the consequences at the time for defying a "gezeras hamalchus"?

Zev Sero               A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and
zev at sero.name          substantial reason' why he should be permitted to
                        exercise his rights. The right's existence is all
                        the reason he needs.
                            - Judge Benson E. Legg, Woollard v. Sheridan

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