17 June 2009

You think YOUR life is complicated?

A Jewish couple are suing their neighbours in a block of flats, saying an automatic security light is keeping them prisoner in their home because it forces them to break their Sabbath rules.

Dr Dena Coleman and husband Gordon claim they cannot leave their holiday flat on the Sabbath because when they do they automatically trigger the light in the communal hallway - contravening a religious ban on turning on electrical items from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday because it constitutes 'creating fire'.

Via J-Walk.


  1. This is ridiculous! Light is not fire. Walking past a sensor which turns on light is not work, nor is it making fire. It's no wonder so many people are contemptuous of religion these days. And you may count me among the latter.

  2. ...and for the ultra-orthodox, it seems to me that their religion is full of "loopholes" which allow them to do things which were supposed to be "forbidden". Like they are tricking God or something? I don't really get it myself.


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