By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, kosher — way to turn light switches (and, perhaps, other electrical appliances) on and off during Shabbat, circumventing one of the Sabbath’s central restrictions: the use of electricity.
J.J. Goldberg responds to readers who slammed his analysis of the home fire that claimed seven Orthodox children’s lives in Brooklyn this weekend.
A federal government lawsuit against a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee for refusing to hire a Sabbath-observant worker drew praise from Agudath Israel of America and the Reform movement.
Britain issued guidelines to ensure that Sabbath-observant Jews are not denied unemployment benefits for refusing to work on Saturdays.
An Orthodox Jewish man who for religious reasons failed to produce identifying documents to Dutch police will have to pay a $90 fine, a Dutch appeals court ruled.
White House chief of staff Jack Lew is Orthodox and keeps Shabbat. Luckily, he has the most powerful man in the world around to keep track of time on Friday afternoons.
Gadgets that were meant to make lives easier now shackle us to work and keep us from loved ones. Naomi Zeveloff asks whether Sabbath rules for avoiding technology could be a path forward.
Jack Lew is an observant Orthodox Jew. He is also President Barack Obama’s new chief of staff. How will he balance serving the nation and observing shabbat?
Does the famed toast ‘l’chaim’ date back to a Byzantine custom of testing wine for poison? Philologos prefers to believe it evolved from an ancient expression meaning, ‘all right.’