Haredi party unveils plan for 'kosher' electricity on Shabbat

United Torah Judaism party submits proposal to use electricity on Shabbat without any Jewish labor.

JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff,

Electric company worker
Electric company worker
Flash 90

The United Torah Judaism party (UTJ) has proposed a plan to deliver so-called “kosher” electricity to largely Orthodox areas on Shabbat.

Under the plan submitted Sunday, small power stations would be built to power the cities and towns and would be disconnected from the national grid on Shabbat, Ynet reported.

A small part of the haredi community has been uncomfortable with the delivery of electricity by the Israeli Electric Company from Friday night until Saturday night for some time, saying that even if the electricity in their homes is controlled by a timer, there may be Jews working at the power stations and on the natural gas stations which produce the electricity on Shabbat.

Under the plan, the plants would be powered by compressed natural gas and would be manned by non-Jews.

Among the cities that would benefit from the plan are Elad, Bnei Brak, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem, and Modiin Illit.

The majority of halahkic authorities have ruled that it is permissible to receive electricity from power plants on Shabbat since the electricity is needed to facilitate the life-saving work of hospitals and cannot be stopped on Shabbat for that reason.

Ynet cited an unnamed source as saying that because Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu needs to maintain a stable government coalition while he is under several corruption investigations, the plan is likely to be approved.