May a business keep its website open on Shabbat?

22.09.2012                      06.Tischrei. 5773                      Wajelech; Schabbat Schuva

Judentum:

May a business keep its website open on Shabbat?

Commercial sites raise greater questions because consumers may purchase items on Shabbat.

Although business transactions are not included within the 39 categories of forbidden Shabbat activities (melachot), all scholars assert that they are nonetheless prohibited. Some believe the sages prohibited such activity since it would inevitably lead to writing. Others contended that conducting business violates the biblical mandate to make Shabbat a day of rest, beyond refraining from proscribed activities….