We love to celebrate. Our Jewish family makes an effort to observe holidays as often as possible. We place a lot of importance on traditional rules and customs. The weekly Shabbat, or Jewish Sabbath, is of course the most frequent affair.

Interaction with technology during Shabbat is a no-no. “tsi nit farbindn es!” the rabbis say – It is forbidden!

Because we live in a very modern home, this can be a challenge. But with our Savant system app, it’s as easy as initiating a few pre-programmed settings. Our smart home is mostly automated, using voice and touch control. The Savant “Scenes” feature, makes it possible for us to be as “Jew-ish” as possible and compliant to Shabbat traditions.

There is a lively debate in the Jewish community about why exactly we’re not to interact with technology during Shabbat. in his book, The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man, Abraham Joshua Heschel suggests the intent of the weekly observation of Shabbat was to create “the Sabbath as a foretaste of paradise.”

Automated living is a way of creating our own scenes of paradise. Like magic, our home responds to programming. With the help of Savant, we can set “scenes” in advance. A scene could include Lighting, TV screens throughout the house, climate control, and audio. All programmed to come on at a certain time, and work harmoniously together.

Say I want to watch my favorite football team play on TV, but kickoff is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, during Shabbat hours. I can pre-program my television 24 or more hours in advance, to come on Saturday at 10 a.m. The game will be playing, but without me having had to activate the TV during the prohibited hours of Shabbat. My Smart home is still interacting with the technology, but I haven’t touched a thing.

As the sun starts to set around 7 p.m., our Smart-system dims the lighting to a subtle glow. We gather around the table, light candles, pass the Kiddush cup, and enjoy a meditative time of prayer. At the same time, the shades glide shut, covering the floor to ceiling windows. They shut out the remaining light, providing us with a mood of introspective focus. The music stays on low volume for ambiance during the meal.

At the end of the evening, when the candles have burned themselves down to a pool of wax, and we’ve talked and laughed ourselves almost to sleep, the preset Shabbat scene prepares us for bed. The lights go off completely, music quiets, and the TV goes blank. The doors lock, and the security system is armed. We wrap up the last moments of the day by candlelight and crawl into bed. Our Smart-home stands by, keeping us secure and comfortable through the night.


Acoustic Architects, founded by Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, design automated spaces to seamlessly enhance their clients lifestyles with the addition of smart-home technology.  Flint and Hauldren coined their concept, “Responsive Living,” which allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, adding value and attractiveness to your home.

If you would like to learn more about automated home living, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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