Because startinga fire was considered 'work' in the Torah, and was forbidden on the Sabbath.
posted on 05/17/2005 12:47:42 PM PDT
At that time, starting a fire WAS work.
posted on 05/17/2005 12:55:47 PM PDT
Yes, but burning X amount of camel chips to cook a particular meal for the next day sort of has a limited burn time.
Modern utilities present other problems.
Not that modern technology can't over come them, but the market might be a tad limited.
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