Why can't Jewish people touch elevator buttons?

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Most days of the year Jews can press elevator buttons.
However, on Shabbat/Shabbos (the Jewish Sabbath), Friday from sundown until Saturday after twilight; and Jewish Holidays (a list of which you can find at http://www.answers.com/topic/jewish-holiday), Jews are forbidden from closing electric circuits and putting on lights - as part of the 39 categories of "work" that they may not do on holy days (Exodus 31:13-17; Talmud, Shabbat 73b). (See a list of these categories on http://www.answers.com/topic/39-categories-of-activity-prohibited-on-shabbat)
Pressing elevator buttons would violate the prohibition of not doing "work" on these holy days.
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