Health & Mobility


Shabbat Adapted Electric Wheelchair

Purchase an adapted electric wheelchair or have your current electric wheelchair adapted for Shabbat (depending on compatibility) . The Joystick is adapted with a delay switch, allowing it to be used on the Shabbat. Once fitted it is certified by a Rabbi and a kosher certification provided, which must be displayed on the wheelchair. 

This can only be fitted on specific joysticks and compatible controllers. Please contact us for more information.  

Shabbat Adapted Electric Hospital Bed

Patients who lay for a long time in bed may begin to feel acute discomfort. Every now and then, they must change the position of the bed and the way that they are lying, in order to stretch their bodies and achieve some comfort and prevent bed sores. Some beds are equipped with remote controls that allow different sections of the bed to be raised or lowered. 

The Zomet Institute has developed a gramma (indirect operation) control that can be used to move parts of a bed without violating Torah prohibitions or rabbinical decrees. The Shabbat remote control can handle all of the original functions of the bed or only some of them, as desired.

Shabbat Adapted Mobility Scooter

Purchase an adapted mobility scooter or have your mobility scooter adapted for Shabbat (depending on compatibility). A specially designed control box is fitted to create a delay in the operation of your scooter, allowing it to be used on the Shabbat. Once fitted it is certified by a rabbi and certification provided, which must be displayed on the scooter. 

This can only be fitted on specific scooters. Please contact us for more information. 

Shabbat Adapted Patient Lifting Hoist

The lifting and moving of bed bound & the disabled is now accessible on the Shabbat. A dual system that runs parallel to the original controller send a pulse out every 5 seconds, when a change in the voltage is detected, from pressing the button, the hoist will activate. This will enable the carer to move the patient to a chair, bed or wheelchair.   

Shabbat Stairift

The solution provided by The Zomet Institute for the Stair Lift is a gramma (indirect action) mechanism, which can be used on Shabbat whenever an electric wheelchair and other similar equipment is suitable. This solution is available for various types of equipment used for climbing stairs, depending on the particular circumstances. Using gramma, the disabled person calls for the equipment in a way that is permitted for urgent needs. This means that the wait for service may be slightly longer than during the week, but this corresponds to the Shabbat principle: we are commanded to pause in our weekday hectic lives and to rest on the seventh day.

Shabbat Equipment Around the Home

Shabbat Adapted Computer Mouse

The use of computers has become increasingly essential in many activities that  can also occur on Shabbat. Therefore a keyboard is always not sufficient and a mouse has to be used as well. 

Shabbat Adapted Hotplate

The Shabbat hotplate has no thermostat to control the temperature, because if a thermostat was present, by placing a pot on the hotplate has a direct effect on the heating element of the hotplate. In addition there should no way to regulate the heat output on Shabbat using an external dial.

Shabbat Adapted Candles 

By lighting Shabbat candles the flames would be impractical. Safety concerns prohibit live flames eg. hospitals, hotels, residential & nursing homes. Electrical Shabbat candles have been developed as an ideal alternative, to enable fulfilment of nerot Shabbat. It's battery operated lights are small incandescent bulbs emulate a flame.


Cooking is permitted on a Jewish holiday. You can cook from a flame that is already lite, but you cannot extinguish it. The Chagaz is a timer that is connected to the gas supply and you can set it to cut the fuel supply.


Shabbat Microwave
The Shabbat microwave can be used by installing a ''gramma switch'' (indirect action) in the microwave. This can be turned on using dials.

Shabbat Keyboard

The Shabbat keyboard has been developed on the priciple of the gramma switch (indirect action). A special mechanism cycles through all the buttonsevery few seconds. If it discovers that the status of one of the buttons has changed the desired action will occur.

Shabbat Baby Sensor

This Shabbat Baby senseturns the baby sense on and off through a machanis of the gramme ( indirect action).

Shabbat Adapted Telephone

The number keypad is a touch keypad (capacitance sensing). Touching the sensor with a finger changes the capacitive properties and the frequency of the sensor, because of the electronic properties of the human body. There is no need to open or close an electric circuit. The halachic approval for this action is based on the fact that the prohibition of using electricity on Shabbat is to open or close a circuit But modifying a property setting (current, voltage, frequency, or capacitance) of an existing current is permitted. The change-sensor applies a voltage to electrical devices connected to it. In the Shabbat mode the 'Send' button for dialing the number and lifting or hanging up the receiver works on the principle of gramma (indirect operation). 

The Shab-et is a special pen that can be used on shabbath. The ink fades away after a few days. After shabbath before the writing disappears it can be copied. This has been specially developed for use by medical staff  in hospitals or nursing homes. The use of the shabbath pen is only permitted if the action is so essential that it takes precedence over the rabbinical prohibition of writing on shabbath.