The refrigerator is on. That's fine. Any lights that are turned on before Shabbat starts (or, any oven turned onto warm, or any other electric thingy turned on) can stay on the whole time. It just can't be turned off and back on. This is why meals like cholent and other types of stew became popular Jewish meals for Shabbat! Slow cooking But back to the fridge, the light is off when the door is closed, and turns on when it is opened - so if the observant Jew opens the door on Shabbat, he or she is doing work (turning on the light, which counts as work, which is forbidden).ProfCrash said:I could be wrong about that. I know a family that removes the light bulb from their fridge before the sabbath so that when it is opened there is no light shining out of it. Then again, the fridge uses electricity. It was a random thought that I had in regards when I first saw the topic.
That's probably going to depend on the interpretation of a particular rabbiAnn in Arlington said:That's interesting, webhill. . . .so, to go back to the question. . . .can you read a Kindle on the Sabbath? Can you read a paper book on the Sabbath?