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Author:  SS
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Date:  11/30/2004 10:30:00 AM
Subject:  Shabbat at hotel
Message:  I was at a hotel with an electric door. I waited for someone else to go out and then I followed him. Was this OK? I started thinking that perhaps my stepping on the mat extended the time before the door closed.

Also, if I am in a Shabbat elevator and the door starts to close on someone, can I put my hand out and stop it or do I have to let it hit the person and open on its own.
   
Reply:  The above is OK, both the door & the elevator. The mat is in the worst scenario similar to a refrigerator (a Gerama).
The elevator is in the worst scenario a Derabanan done Kilachar Yad. (A Rabbinically derived law done in a way that is different than a normal direct action), which is certainly OK in an important circumstance.
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