Friday, July 31, 2015

A Shabbat Elevator Like None You've Ever Seen


Religiously observant Jews may not use electrical devices on the Sabbath. Included in this prohibition is the use of an elevator. However, they may use a "Shabbat Elevator", a regular elevator that has been pre-set to stop on every floor and as such, the prohibited buttons need not be pressed. 

Shabbat elevators are commonly found in hotels frequented by Orthodox Jews and in high-rise apartment buildings in religious Jewish communities.

When entering a Shabbat elevator, the only difference from a regular elevator is usually the longer wait for the elevator to stop on each floor. But in this short video, from Ktzarim, an Israeli TV program that specializes in funny skits, the man waiting for the Shabbat elevator gets a surprise when the doors open.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS:  THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)


(A tip of the kippah to Shira, blogger at Seri0usly Yours, for finding and posting this video)