KosherSwitch® is revolutionary patented technology allowing the on-demand control of electricity on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and holidays in a permissible manner, while making Shabbat desecration (Chilul Shabbos) impossible! It allows you to turn your lights on/off when and where needed, in a way that’s permitted by Halacha. KosherSwitch® is endorsed by leading Orthodox rabbis & poskim and is easy to install and use, with nothing to program. It is not only viable within the consumer market, but also institutionally, providing hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities a value-added amenity to be leveraged within the facility’s marketing/PR framework and budget. Among the many other benefits, KosherSwitch® also yields dramatic energy savings and promotes a “green” ideology, helping you take an active role in protecting the environment.
KosherSwitch® is more than a switch: It’s technology that’s viable in so many different applications. Although our flagship is the KosherSwitch® Classic – a user-friendly replacement for traditional wall switches and timers – many other derivative products that are consistent with our mission are planned for development or licensing in the future. Some examples include integration into HVAC/thermostatic controls, door access control systems, and sanitary solutions (allowing use of sensor-based automated toilets, sinks, and soap dispensers).
Jewish Halacha (the code of Jewish law) defines many restrictions on the use of electricity and technology on days that are considered holy throughout the Jewish calendar. This restriction is derived from the general prohibition against melacha (loosely defined as “creative labor”). The restricted days include the weekly Sabbath and other Jewish holidays, and amount to approximately 60 days each year. Since directly interacting with electrical devices on these days is generally forbidden, the market currently utilizes other limited “solutions” such as timers to address this pervasive need. KosherSwitch® is uniquely positioned to transform the market by addressing this problem, while simultaneously providing significant additional value.
Historically, any “solutions” offered for the use of electricity on Shabbat have been based on a concept of grama — indirect causation. By indirectly triggering a given event, users with special needs (such as soldiers and doctors) are afforded lenient rulings with respect to Shabbat prohibitions. Devices based on this fundamental concept have been formalized as early as 1976, when United States patent number 3,980,980 was issued to Zioni et al for a grama-based device.
KosherSwitch® devices utilize significant innovations over the classic concept of grama and are based on patented technology (U.S. Patent No. 7,872,576) that permits all individuals to control electricity on Shabbat and Jewish holidays without actually performing a prohibited action. KosherSwitch® is un-grama ™ technology and has been validated as such by many leading Rabbinic authorities, approving its use l’chatchila (the ideal and ab initio Halachic condition).