I wanted to give you an easy way to identify what would be servile work on Shabbat.
Just ask yourself a question: "Is me doing this and that, a servile work?", "Am I a slave if I would do this or that?"
For example, if you work as a taxi cab driver, ask yourself:
- "Is it a servile work to drive my family to the beach on Shabbat?".
- "If I am doing it, will I do it as a slave or for myself?
The obvious answers would be revealed instantly...
- Of'course you can drive your family to the beach, because driving your family to the beach is not a servile work. You are doing it for yourself, not for your boss or superior." You are not a slave here.
- And obviously, you can't drive a client to the beach on Shabbat, because you would be serving the client, you are a slave here, so it is a servile work.
I hope this makes it clearer for you to identify what work is permitted and what work is prohibited on Shabbat.