Blood On The Tracks

The latest dustup in religious-secular culture war involved Sabbath work on the railroad.

09/09/2016 - 13:21
Contributing Editor

The start-of-weekend greeting Shabbat Shalom can sound sarcastic in Israel these days. For the Sabbath has become characterized by anything but “shalom,” peace: it has become a warzone in time.

Charedi parties railing against Sabbath work: An Israel Railways train. Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Sues Dunkin’ Donuts For Rescinding Sabbath Observer’s Job Offer

09/15/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Dunkin’ Donuts, a national franchise that numbers more than two dozen kosher locations among its 10,000 sites, faces federal charges for refusing to hire a prospective employee whose religion forbids him from working in the Sabbath.

Dunkin' Donuts sued for rescinding sabbath observer's job offer. Getty Images

The Secret Of The Eternal Light

06/02/2014 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 8:06 p.m.
Torah: Num. 8:1-12:16
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7
Havdalah: 9:07 p.m.

We all know people whose natural inclination is “No.” They avoid setting precedents, take no chances, play it safe, and squelch initiative. But the Jewish People did not make it this far by saying “No” to everything. We made our mark by a repetitive and massive “Yes.” Even when the odds were against success, we insisted that we couldn’t afford not to try.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman

After 10 Years, Largest Eruv In U.K. Going Operational

01/07/2014 - 19:00

The United Kingdom’s largest eruv will be usable for the first time this Sabbath.

Turning Bows And Arrows Into Rainbows

09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 6:14 p.m.
Torah: Gen. 6:9-11:32; Numbers 28:9-15
Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24
Havdalah: 7:13 p.m.

Rabbi Yael Buechler

Technology vs. Shabbat: An Interview with Rabbi Daniel Nevins

E-books became the dominant format for adult fiction in 2011 surpassing hardcover books and paperbacks according to the BookStats annual survey. We are increasingly choosing to read our novels, magazine, newspapers and even children’s books on e-readers and tablets. But is it permissible to do this on the one day of the week that Judaism commands us to unplug?

Rabbi Daniel Nevins answers questions concerning the use of technology on Shabbat.

Just Thinking About Driving on Shabbat

Previously on the "Jewish Techs" blog, I discussed the technical halachic (Jewish legal) minutae surrounding the permissability of using the Amigo Shabbat Scooter from the Israeli-based Zomet Institute. The Shabbat Scooter is made by Michigan-based Amigo, founded by Allan Thieme, which began making the Jewish Sabbath-approved scooters six years ago.

Will rabbis allow a vehicle controlled by the mind to be used on the Jewish Sabbath?

Where Is Your Promised Land?

10/11/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:
Shabbat candles: 5:59 p.m.
Torah reading: Genesis 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Havdalah: 6:56 p.m.



Two men went down to Egypt in this week’s parasha.

Only one returned.

Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

When Technology & Shabbat Collide, Give the Benefit of the Doubt

This past Sunday, the president of New York University issued a mass e-mail apology to students and staff. The day after Yom Kippur might sound like a sensible day for issuing apologies, but the question is whether John Sexton actually needed to make a Mea Culpa.

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