If this isn’t a strange blend of Orthodox Judaism and Amish ‘worldly renunciation’…

Rabbi Rules on Sabbath Skating

The Institute for Science and Halacha is ‘not an institute that is looking for loopholes’ yet it houses, ‘amateur inventors tinkering at work tables to find Shabbat-acceptable devices. Among the latest projects is a doorbell that uses air pressure instead of electricity’ and ‘an attempt to create Shabbat wheelchair that uses pneumatic power as an alternative to electric power.’

The institute is a mix of library, workshop and warehouse. In one room, Orthodox rabbinical students pore over books. Next door is a workshop loaded with switches and wires, a place to experiment with ways around using electricity on Shabbat.


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