Thursday, May 11, 2006
Guide to Kosher Machines
A guide to kosher machines. Sabbath law prohibits Jews from performing actions that cause a direct reaction; that would qualify as forbidden work. But indirect reactions are kosher. In Hebrew, this concept is called the gramma. There are two types of grammas. Say you hit a light switch, but it doesn't come on immediately - that's a time delay, a time gramma. There's also a gramma of mechanical indirectness, like a Rube Goldberg contraption in which a mouse turns a wheel that swings a hammer that turns a key that launches a rocket. You can't claim the mouse actually launches the rocket.
1) There is ALWAYS a time delay between us doing something and something happening.
2) Because our bodies and everything else in the world are composed of atoms, change happens through the interaction of these atoms and thus all our "work" is indirectly achieved through these atoms. So, no man-made mechanism is really direct.
All of these percieved problems are simply local dogma.
It sounds like a blatant attempt to find a way to circumvent God's will. I'd rather break God's will openly than sneak through the back door, set a booby trap & call it ok.
It's just plain sneaky- & serves no purpose than to show how sneaky you can be.
Much of this "Shabbat technology" is directed at "pikuay nefesh," or the saving of human life. Consider this - terrorists attacking Israel don't take off on the Sabbath and Jewish Holidays (and remember the Yom Kipper War, which Egypt & Syria started on... Yom Kippur!) So soldiers and police in Israel have to work, have to patrol, maybe even have to communicate by radio. It's a dilema - to observe the Sabbath or to expose innocent people to real danger.
As a Jew (not Orthodox), I could spout all kinds of polemical things about Jesus, immaculate conception, 2nd coming, etc., but I don't (a) out of respect for Christians and (b) because I have no understanding of the underlying concepts of Christian theology.
I hope this helps you gain some perspective on this topic.