Religion: Permanent Court

May a good Jew travel in a commercial airplane on Saturday? Does he commit a sin if, on the Sabbath, he opens the door of an electric refrigerator in which a light automatically switches on? (According to the Law of Moses, no Jew may make a fire on the Sabbath. Good Jewish families get their ovens warm before the Sabbath begins and, because electricity is considered as fire, turn on whatever lights will be needed next day.)

Such vexing questions as these, in which Mosaic law and Talmudic maxims must be applied to modern life, are on the docket of a Jewish...

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