How long does it take for the fixture attached to a KosherSwitch® Classic to turn on/off?

Aug 25, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

In Normal Mode, it’s instant.  In KosherSwitch® Sabbath Mode, there’s no way to predict how long it will take, since the device must go through one or more cycles, each with a possibility that it will fail to function as intended.  Typically, it will take “dozens of seconds” but sometimes, randomly,  it can take more than a minute or two.

As I used the switch, the Status Light changed from green to red!

Aug 25, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

In our usage section,  we explain that one should use the KosherSwitch® on Shabbat and Yom Tov only when the Status Light is green, but not when it’s red.  In reality, the device continues to be dormant for the entire duration of the Status Light’s green and red cycle.  Only at the very end of the red cycle does the device become active.  So flicking the on/off button as the Status Light is changing from green to red is of no consequence.

Are the rabbis that endorse the technology engineers? Do they understand electronics?

Aug 23, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

The concepts and Halachic issues raised by KosherSwitch® technology are not necessarily analyzed by a rabbi/posek  on a technological level.  Instead, they are compared to cases and analogies that exist in the Talmud, the Shulchan Aruch and related works.  For example, rather than dealing with electric circuits, their analysis would examine the permissibility of extinguishing a candle by opening a window at a time when a wind is not yet present, etc.

Isn’t KosherSwitch® just like the Star-K/Rabbi Heinemann Sabbath Mode feature?

Aug 1, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No, KosherSwitch® is very different.  More details are available here.

 

 

Isn’t your technology the same as moving the pins on a Shabbos clock/timer?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No.  Among other reasons, the movement of the timer pins more directly cause the triggering of the electrical circuit.  KosherSwitch® is innovative, and quite different.  See the Halacha section for an in-depth analysis.

Even if the technology behind KosherSwitch® is Halachically permitted, isn’t it still muktzah, zilzul Shabbos, uvdin d’chol, maris ayin?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No.  See the Halacha section for an in-depth analysis.

Even if permissible, won’t it confuse my kids when all along we’ve been teaching them that electricity is off limits? Won’t they use a regular light switch on Shabbat?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

No.  Kids are smart, and they know the difference between something that’s permissible and something that’s not.  This is true even when the two items look identical, which is certainly not the case with the KosherSwitch® since it looks and behaves very differently than traditional switches.  One child provided the best affirmation when asked, “why are you allowed to use a KosherLamp™ on Shabbat?” they answered simply, “because it’s different!”  During our testing, children ranging from 3 to 5 years old were able to discern the difference between a KosherSwitch® and a regular switch, and to verbalize when it’s permissible to use a KosherSwitch® (“only when the light is green”).  More details are available here.

Have any rabbis/poskim that have been approached refused to endorse KosherSwitch® ?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

We have spent the last few years securing the responsum & endorsements of many respected rabbis in order to help an individual decide whether or not to use KosherSwitch®-based products.  Most rabbis that have refused to endorse the KosherSwitch® have done so on non-Halachic grounds.

Isn’t it better to be more stringent and avoid using KosherSwitch® ?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

The real question to ask is “which is more stringent – using a KosherSwitch® or not using one?!”  We believe that one is behaving much more stringently by using our technology rather than avoiding it.  Since KosherSwitch® makes chilul Shabbos impossible, it is the perfect tool for one who wishes to be stringent since it will prevent him/her from even accidentally desecrating the Sabbath (or doing so in a Halachically forbidden manner in other extenuating circumstances, such as in amira l’akum).  Still, use of our technology is highly subjective, and we don’t expect everyone to use it.  Existing psychology takes time to reshape, and adoption in certain groups will be slow.  However, we believe that history will prove that by not using a KosherSwitch®, one is being too lenient.

 

Don’t you feel like this is against the “spirit of Shabbos”, not “Shabbosdik”, won’t it ruin Shabbos?

Jul 21, 2011   //   by KosherSwitch   //    //  Comments Off

See here for a detailed discussion.

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