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Shabbat Elevator

Hotels are offering an innovative, albeit slow, way for Orthodox Jews to use elevators on the Sabbath.
Publish Date: Topic: Tech + EngineeringTech & EngineeringNova
By Joe Seamans

For many Orthodox Jews, conventional elevators and observing the Sabbath don't mix. So how can they get to the top floors of tall buildings after sunset on Friday while still being true to their faith? Hotel managers in Miami Beach, together with rabbis, have come up with a clever solution: It is called the Shabbat elevator, and it allows Orthodox Jewish guests to ride an elevator to their hotel floor while still properly observing the Sabbath, even though it often means a longer ride.

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