Question: I have a non-Jewish business partner. For the last twenty-odd years he has accepted us not having the business open on the Sabbath or Jewish Holidays. But now, all of a sudden, he wants to be open 24 / 7. I know that this is complex, but, according to Jewish law, is there a way to run the business on the Sabbath (without me present, of course) while still owning it?
Answer: Thank you for your question. If the business is not known to be owned by a Jew, then there are ways that it can be structured so that all business done on the Sabbath and holidays will belong to the non-Jewish partner. Please contact a local Rabbi who is expert in these matters, and can better advise you in your individual situation.
Rabbi Aaron Tendler