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Question 7.17:
Is it allowed for a Jew to be driven in a car to the shul by a non-Jew?


Presumably, you mean on Shabbos or holidays, of course. In most circumstance a Jew may not ask a non-Jew to violate Shabbos on his behalf. If the non-Jew violates Shabbos on his own without being asked and does something for the Jew that he would not have done otherwise, a Jew is prohibited from benefitting from the activity. Exceptions to this rule include cases of communal need (such as hiring a synagogue custodian to do these things), severe financial loss, or medical necessity.

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