Shalom Life | July 18, 2015

Meet the ‘Kosher Walkie Talkie’

The Shabbat-friendly device will improve the security of Diaspora Jews

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: July 17th, 2015 in Business » World

The Zomet Institute of Halacha and Technology, which focuses on transforming modern technologies to be kosher for use on Shabbat, has created a walkie talkie that abides by the strict Jewish laws pertaining to the Sabbath, which normally prohibit the use of electronics.

Initially created at the request of the Chabad House in Hong Kong, the device will hopefully enhance the security of Jews while still conforming to Jewish law.

Though prohibitions against communication do exist on Shabbat, they are often suspended due to the potential “danger to life” that can result from a lack of communication, especially in public Jewish places like synagogues or kosher supermarkets.

As a result of these dangers, many international Jewish organizations have been looking for ways to take charge of their own security needs. With these concerns in mind, the engineers at the Zomet Institute worked for several months to develop the walkie talkies. Using principles they have applied to previous Shabbat-kosher products, including the Shabbat telephone, the engineers were able to develop the communication device that conforms to the Jewish laws of Shabbat.

The Institute chose to create a walkie talkie instead of a cell phone because walkie talkies are more reliable than cell phones, which can be rendered useless during network outages, explained director and Chief Zomet Engineer Rabbi Yisrael Rosen.

Rosen said that there has been an increased demand for “Shabbat friendly” security devices recently, with organizations from across the world asking for numerous security-related items to be made kosher for Shabbat, including electronic gates, video recording systems, alarm systems, and emergency lighting.

“We will do everything we can to help our fellow Jews in the diaspora to protect their lives while maintaining the highest levels of Sabbath observance,” the rabbi said.

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