The Parsha Discussion with Alex Israel — Emor. Unplugged! Fostering a Shabbat Atmosphere

Posted by Alex Israel on May 6, 2020
Topics: The Parsha Discussion, Vayikra (Leviticus), Emor

As our world becomes more automated, as sensors and smart-home devices become more prevalent, should we be allowed to make use of automated technologies on Shabbat? After all, we don’t really activate the mechanism; they respond to us!

In response to Coronavirus, many have speculated that we will do away with light switches, which can easily transmit diseases. Instead, we will use more voice and movement responsive devices. How will Halakha respond to these issues?

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Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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