Q. When someone is blowing Shofar in a hospital and there are cameras with recording machines on, is it correct to do there Tekias Shofar?
A. On question 3245 we mentioned that in our times it is common to have security cameras outside the shuls, schools and other community institutions, as is common in businesses and private homes. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is permitted to have them inside a shul also, when needed for the security or the safety of the attendants, and with the agreement of the leaders of the shul. However, the Rov recommends that they should be disconnected during Shabbos when possible.
On questions 828 and 2252 we wrote: Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit”a advised that in order to leave the cameras and recording equipment on during Shabbos, a random timer should be added in order to avoid this becoming a case of P’sik Reisha or certainty of committing a prohibition.
However, in our particular case it is similar to the walking in the street during Shabbos in our days, when one is constantly being taped from cameras in surrounding homes and stores and even from space, nevertheless, since one is not even aware or conscious of the melacha done, it is considered ‘Misassek’ or totally done without any conscious intention and awareness, and therefore permitted by Poskim.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a