Sabbath Mode

Sabbath Mode

Sabbath Mode

Our new Frigidaire refrigerator has a special feature that helps keep people from being put to death or becoming outcasts in their communities.

Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. – Exodus 31:14

If one presses and holds the “Options” button and “+” button for five seconds, an “Sb” will appear on the control panel indicating that the unit is in Sabbath mode. I searched online for more info, and discovered that many orthodox Jews unscrew the lightbulbs in their refrigerators before holy days, because…

Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day. – Exodus 35:3

It’s possible Frigidaire incorporated KosherSwitch technology into their appliances.

My good guess is that the light just stays on during Sabbath, because allowing a fire to stay lit is different than lighting a new fire (i.e. flicking a switch). I can’t say for sure, because the owner’s manual doesn’t get that specific. Apparently, there was a great controversy among orthodox Jews as to whether this technology is actually kosher.

For more on that, visit this article, Both Sides on the Kosher Switch Debate and Some Commentary.

Jesus was notoriously known among orthodox Jews as a Sabbath-breaker.

One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions. Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:23-28

My take on the Sabbath is that God wants His children to take time away from the normal routine to relax and be mindful of ourselves, each other, and God, and that the Sabbath was never intended to be a burden. I think it became a burden along the way, because that is how legalism in religion works. God blesses us with His wisdom. Then we alter and interpret and skew the hell out of it until it becomes a source of fear and a heavy cross to bear.

What’s your take on the Sabbath?

  • Mary Vanderplas September 17, 2016 at 6:36 am

    To first-century Jews, the Sabbath was a joy, not a burden. It became a burden only when interpreted by Jewish religious authorities in a way that placed refraining from work above concern for the well-being of human beings. For Jews in the first century, it was a time of rest and worship – reminding them of God’s rest at creation and of the exodus from slavery in Egypt. The observance of it entailed eating and drinking, and the poor and hungry were included in this.

    I agree that the Sabbath was not intended to be burdensome. It was intended to be a source of joy and renewal, not an onerous task or a standard for measuring one’s righteousness before God. I agree, too, that legalism distorts God’s intention in giving us certain rules or guidelines for living, though I think it’s important to point out that Jesus affirmed adherence to the Law in its original, life-giving intention.

    Whatever its religious affiliation, your new refrigerator sounds like a pretty nifty device. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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