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An Explanation of What I Found on My Brand New Fridge: Sabbath Mode

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This week, when I went to get ice from our new KitchenAid refrigerator, I noticed a barely noticeable optional mode called “Sabbath.”  What was that all about? My interest piqued, I went to Wired Magazine which has the scoop about this mysterious feature:

From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, Orthodox Jews are forbidden to work, write, and drive. In all, 39 activities are off-limits to those complying with the Torah’s fourth commandment, to keep the Sabbath holy. In the home, that means no cooking or fire lighting – or its modern analog, moving electricity through a circuit.

For decades, observant Jews have found ways to work around Sabbath restrictions in the kitchen. They taped down the button on the refrigerator door frame to keep the light from turning on. Or someone unscrewed the bulb before Friday sunset. They turned on an oven in advance – that way, they could warm food on the Sabbath without altering temperature settings. In recent years, however, well-intentioned appliance makers have been installing safety features that automatically shut off ovens after 12 hours. That meant a unit turned on at dusk Friday would be cold before lunch on Saturday. When companies learned this was complicating dinner preparation for some Jews, they supplied an optional override. Thus, a rudimentary “Sabbath mode” was born.

But as appliances got more high tech – gel-pad touch controls; LED screens with temperature and burner settings; digital humidity gauges – creating a Sabbath mode became more difficult. Mayer Preger, a salesman at the Manhattan Center for Kitchen and Bath, noticed a problem when fridges started using sensors instead of simple light switches. “You can’t hack the new refrigerators like you used to,” he complains. “There’s all these computer chips in them.”

Apparently, a retired helicopter engineer named Jonah Ottensoser (who is Orthodox) worked with manufacturers to create a mode that observant Jews that use to prevent having to hack into their appliances. He works for Star-K, which certifies kosher food products, now certifies technology…  such as my refrigerator here in Columbia, Tennessee.

So why would a refrigerator cause a Jew to “work” and therefore break the laws of the Sabbath?

He explains it to engineers with the following example: Opening a fridge seems like a harmless action without consequence. But every time you open that door, you let warm air in and cold air out, changing the temperature inside. So the compressor switches on to compensate, and you’ve effectively turned on the appliance and engaged in work. Mechalel shabbos – you’ve desecrated the Sabbath. For a while, observant Jews tried a mechanical solution, putting their fridges on a timer. “But it killed the refrigerators,” says Ottensoser.

With Ottensoser’s help, a few manufacturers have created appliances that help the 900,000 Orthodox Jewish households use their kitchens without worry:

When the feature is enabled, lights stay off and displays are blank; tones are silenced, fans stilled, compressors slowed. In a kosher fridge, there’s no light, no automatic icemaker, no cold-water dispenser, no warning alarm for spoiled food, no temperature readout. Basically, Ottensoser converts your fancy – and expensive – appliance into the one your grandma bought after World War II.

Who knew?

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Don’t Stop Speaking Out Against Abortion because of the Planned Parenthood Shooting

I agreed with President Obama on one simple point: we can’t let shootings like the one that happened at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs become “regular.”   But after that, he veered toward political opportunism, saying we can’t offer prayers in good conscience if we don’t support his policies which infringe on the 2nd amendment. Soon enough, liberals began pointing fingers at conservatives who speak out against Planned Parenthood… saying we somehow caused these murders. [Read more...]

VIDEO: ISIS Terrorists Teach School Children How to Shoot Machine Guns and Use Hand Grenades

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How to Deal with Awkward Political Conversations around the Thanksgiving Table

Blessing of God Nothing says the holidays like…  the President issuing talking points for holiday political conversations.

Yep. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest urged Americans to talk about politics over the holiday.

“As people are sitting around the Thanksgiving table, talking about these issues, as they should, and as I’m sure they will, all across the country, I hope that’s a question that will be raised, and asked by members around the table—that if we’re going to have a serious discussion in this country about national security, let’s talk about some pretty obvious things that Congress can do.”

He went on to say that liberals could bring up gun control as they passed the turkey.  For example, they might ask that crazy right wing uncle why lawmakers shouldn’t  “pass a law that would prevent somebody who’s on the terror watch list from being able to buy a gun.”

Not to be outdone, the liberal website Vox also produced a handy guide to just about everything.  Called “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments,” it tells Democrats exactly what to say about ISIS, Syria, Donald Trump, and #BlackLivesMatter should these topics come up. David French, over at National Review, describes the phenomenon:

We feel compelled to correct perceived error – even at a once-a-year family gathering — because we are nothing more than the sum total of our opinions.

Actions? What are those? Sure, my cranky uncle has worked two jobs to put his kids through college, but he’s a vocal Donald Trump supporter and has to be punished. So what if my prickly aunt is handling chronic and painful illness with dignity and courage — she thinks global warming isn’t real, and in the three hours we have together, I’m going to introduce her to this little thing called “science.”

And then suggests a different tactic:

In response to those difficult conversations, try a bit of grace. Strive for reconciliation. Understand that people are more than politics…

Mercy at the Thanksgiving table means not dropping the hammer on a condescending Millennial niece. Grace means striving to find a way to help make her Thanksgiving more meaningful and enjoyable — by treating her with kindness and taking a genuine interest in her life, especially her life outside her talking points.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that grace always leads to reconciliation or joyful family holidays. After all, if the world rejected — and even executed — the perfect expression of grace, how can we expect our own acts of grace to be well-received? But if we’re reaching the point where we’re urging people to use family gatherings as political platforms, we’ve lost our way.

Thanksgiving gives us the rare opportunity to show love and hospitality to those with differing opinions.

Don’t squander it on talking points.

In fact, you might want to bypass politics altogether and focus on each others’ lives.

Your family will remain long after you’ve forgotten the name of President Obama’s press secretary.

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