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Written By : Vijendra P Chaudhary 20748 Stagg Street Winnetka CA91306 USA . In spite of the importance of the Sabbath in Jewish life the Torah (the Pentateuch) provides little
24 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Vijendra P Chaudhary 20748 Stagg Street Winnetka CA91306 USA . In spite of the importance of the Sabbath in Jewish life the Torah (the Pentateuch) provides little insight as to its observance.
In addition to the injunction “do no work” on the Sabbath (Ex 20:10, 35 Deut 5:14) the other injunctions are those against kindling a fire, gathering wood and plowing.
Orthodox Jews consider the flipping of a switch to turn on the lights or to ignite the motor of a car is considered a violation of the injunction. These Jews are considered custodians and expositors of Hebrew scriptures.
Let me ask my Sabbath keeping Christian friends of this column a couple of questions. Do you switch on your lights on Sabbath days? Do you drive your cars on Sabbath days?
I hope you have intelligence enough to see where this debate is headed for. Nowhere



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