"While we're on the subject of these rules, what's the reason behind them? "
Until an Orthodox Jewish Freeper chimes in, I'll take a shot at it. I've lived in Orthodox neighborhoods and studied Orthodoxy a bit in college.
Before we go around pointing out how wasteful or amusing all this is, it's probably useful to know that Orthodox Judaism has been around for a while and has been an extremely successful lifestyle for its followers.
The Sabbath laws ensure that people really take the commandment seriously. All work is prohibited (work to save a life or preserve life being excepted). Since cooking is work, the Orthodox have a number of ways of complying with the commandment while still being able to enjoy a hot meal.
They also employ timers for their lights and other work-sparing devices. This is the reason that Orthodox communities are always within walking distance of the synagogue - driving a car is work. Interestingly, Orthodox smokers (and there are some) give up smoking during the Sabbath without much difficulty. It's just something they expect to do.
None of this applies to Christians, of course.
Ahhh. Thanks for your explanation. I reiterate that my intention was to learn, not make fun of, and thanks to you, I did.
posted on 05/17/2005 1:27:33 PM PDT
(Let them hate us as long as they fear us - Caligula)
Interestingly, Orthodox smokers (and there are some) give up smoking during the Sabbath without much difficulty
I had a Jewish room mate in my younger years. I would light and put out his cigarettes for him on the Sabbath, drive him to the Chabod House, etc.
posted on 05/17/2005 3:51:52 PM PDT
(I've seen your king come and go here)
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