In Israel, Orthodox MKs Grapple With the Challenge of Making Electricity ‘Kosher’ – Tablet Magazine

And God said, “Let there be light, but let it be powered by compressed natural gas, and also operated by non-Jews on Shabbat.” Or something like that.

At least, that’s what the United Torah Judaism, a haredi party in the Israeli Knesset, is saying. They argue that because Jews work at power stations and natural gas operations in Israel on Saturdays, things like Shabbat timers or using previously activated electricity are still technically violations of the holiday. To combat such transgressions, the Committee for Energy on Shabbat, headed by Chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, MK Moshe Gafni, and Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, MK Uri Maklev, created a proposal to make electricity kosher.

Their solution? Privatize electricity, building small power stations in haredi neighborhoods that would be cut off from using resources that have Jews work on observant days. While normal weekdays would draw from the national power grid, on Shabbat and other holidays, the power stations would switch from using standard natural gas to compressed natural gas.

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