Zomet Institute

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Founded 1990
Founder Rabbi Yisrael Rozen
Focus Halakha, Technology, Medicine
Location
Area served Global
Method Research & development of halachicly compliant technology.
Website http://www.zomet.org.il/ (Hebrew)

The Zomet Institute (Hebrew: מכון צומת‎, Makhon Tzomet, Tzomet being an acronym for Tzevtei Mada veTorah (Hebrew: צוותי מדע ותורה‎), lit. Teams of Science and Torah) is an Israeli high-tech non-profit organization specializing in IT equipment and electronic appliances designed to meet Halakha.

The company[edit]

It was established in Alon Shvut by Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, who also founded and headed the Administration of Conversion to Judaism of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.[1] Today he serves as a Dayan - Rabbinic Judge on the Beit Din for Conversion.[2]

The company has developed solutions for operating electrical appliances on the Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Appliances made by the institute are used in Jewish observant homes,[3][4] as well as in public organizations such as hospitals,[5] the Israel Police[6] and the Israel Defense Forces.[7][8]

Although the Zomet Institute is affiliated with Modern Orthodox Judaism,[9] Rozen often consults other rabbis and his halachic rulings have received endorsements from authorities including the late Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach[10][11] and Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth.[12]

Publications[edit]

  • Tehumin - an annual compilation of psakim (religious rulings dealing with modern Jewish life, technology and law). Published since 1980 (5740)[13]
  • Crossroads: Halacha and the Modern World - An English translation of Selected articles from Tehumin[14]
  • Shabbat B'Shabbato - A weekly leaflet in Hebrew distributed for the past two decades in synagogues across Israel.[15] Shabbat B'Shabbato is also translated into English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide for conversion to Judaism Israeli Government Portal
  2. ^ The High Court has gone crazy, Ynetnews, 31 March 2005
  3. ^ Bridgeport Scooter Business Motors Into Unorthodox Market The Saginaw news, 21 July 2005
  4. ^ How to be religious - and enjoy a Shabbat espresso Haaretz, 12 December 2007
  5. ^ A new use for old texts The Jerusalem Post, 30 March 2006
  6. ^ Haredi prisoner chooses jail over security bracelet The Jerusalem Post, 11 January 2007
  7. ^ מרכז חושן מציג: שבת-פון IDF spokesperson website (Hebrew)
  8. ^ Military mouse keeps Shabbat Ynetnews, 21 April 2007
  9. ^ NRP using state-funded newsletter for electioneering Haaretz, 2003
  10. ^ The Use of Body Metal Detectors on Shabbat Chidushei Torah 2007
  11. ^ ואף על פי כן - נוע תנוע Maariv, 9 September 2007 (Hebrew)
  12. ^ הרב בקשי דורון: תורת ישראל תרוויח מנישואין אזרחיים HaTzofe, 2006 (Hebrew)
  13. ^ Tehumin Ohio State University Library catalog
  14. ^ Friedman, H.H. (2001) The Impact of Jewish Values on Marketing and Business Practices Journal of Macromarketing, Vol. 21, June 2001, pp 74-80
  15. ^ Who says print journalism is dying? Haaretz, 2007

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