Responsa Radio Episode 2
Fitbits, Intimacy in the Modern World, and "The 18 Minutes"

Avi Killip, Ethan Tucker

Ever wanted to know the answer to some deep and challenging questions in halakhah (Jewish law)? Join R. Avi Killip interviewing R. Ethan Tucker with questions sent in by Yeshivat Hadar alumni and others on all sorts of details of Jewish law. This is a joint project between the Center for Jewish Law and Values and Open Quorum.

Want to submit a question to be answered in a future episode? Email [email protected].

In this episode:

  1. Is it permissable to wear a fitbit on shabbat? What are the sort of concerns one should be raising with such a device?
  2. This question deals with the huge gulf between assumptions about marriage and sexual relations from the central Jewish law codes and today. How should one consider the values of these texts as applied to the modern age of delayed marriage and hook-ups?
  3. On Friday afternoons, there is a seemingly strange 18 minutes after the official candle-lighting time during which it is permitted to do one’s work as if it’s the normal week. How did this arise? And how should we think about working on the run up to shabbat in general?
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