Shabbat is approaching on the East Coast, and so is Hurricane Irene. So what’s an observant Jew to do?
The OU offers five protocols for remaining observant during a hurricane. In short: Stay home; assume the eruv is down; and, only when necessary, relight candles or change flashlight batteries. As for TV and radio, the OU had this to say:
TV or radio should be left on in a side room
Channel should not be changed
Volume on radio may be adjusted on Shabbat. Better to keep it on low for it preserves the battery and only raise it when necessary.
Most importantly, stay inside, stay dry and stay safe.
(H/t: Kung Fu Jew 18)
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