There is a frum Electronic Engineering Technician that has designed a hotplate to be operated safely every week for years, as Orthodox Jewish observance demands. It is The Shabbos Safe Hotplate!
It is a quality manufactured design with over 5 safety features that greatly reduce the risk of fire, breakage and shock hazard. The manufacture and design of the Shabbos Safe Hotplate have been approved and certified for use on Shabbos and Yomim Tovim by the Beth Din of Crown Heights.
The designer, Mr. BenTzion Davis, is not a large company; therefor he has generated an online Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacture of his new hotplate. The response from the North American Jewish community has been amazing. The Kickstarter campaign has gone viral on the Internet and among Observant Jews.
You can see the video, Kickstarter campaign and learn more about the Shabbos Safe Hotplate at the following link. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/900922798/shabbos-safe-hotplate
What the Kickstarter does not tell you, and what most people don’t realize is the heart warming and amazing story behind Mr. Davis’s creation. Mr. Davis was born on a horse and cattle ranch in South Eastern Colorado.
His family has been horse and cattle ranchers in that area for several generations.
You ask what would cause a young rancher from Colorado to convert to Judaism and become a Hassidic Orthodox Jew? Most people would?
Much later in life Mr. Davis had been in an accident that shattered his lower vertebrae causing him to be on severe pain medications and in a body cast. After the accident his life took a downward spiral. In his own words he reached a state of complete moral, mental and physical stagnancy.
All his life he was never comfortable with organized religion of any kind. In his darkened state he found himself searching. The more he searched and the more he studied and read, the more Judaism, the Torah and books of Hassidus seemed to explain his life to him like nothing before. He says he came face to face with his Yetser HaRah (evil inclination) and this changed his life forever.
A good rabbi in Crown Heights, NY fueled his desire to study and mailed him books of Hassidus all the way across the country. He discouraged him as far as wanting to be a Jew and explained, he did not need to be Jewish to have a relationship with “Hashem”. But studying just made him feel, that he should have been doing this his entire life. BenTzion was able to convert through the Prominent Beis Din in Milwaukee, Wis. under the guidance of Rosh Kollel, Rosh Beis Din Rabbi Mendel Senderovic.
His path in Torah also inspired him to go back to college and get an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology with a specialty in Renewable Energies. Since then he has worked as an Electronic Engineering Technician for a Hassidishah company in Borough Park.
After the horrible tragedy in Brooklyn, several close friends had asked his professional opinion what food warming hotplate he would recommend. With experience repairing Shabbos Blechs as a favor for friends and neighbors back when he was in college, he knew there were not any properly made for Jewish observance. There were not any currently on the market that could be operated safely more than a few years.
BenTzion is quoted saying I started studying Torah late in life and I do toil daily as required but I don’t think with my limited Hebrew I will significantly contribute to the Jewish world that way; but I have finally found a way that I could pay the Jewish community for everything Yiddeishkeit has given me. I could use my talent for electricity to give back.
The Jewish community brought me out of darkness and blessed me with my family and my path. If my design saves one person from harm, then the life I lead before Judaism makes more sense to me.