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    I just got a digital picture frame, they’re great…I’m just curious if they need to be unplugged for Shabbos? I will ask a Rav, just curious what others do….


    Intresting sheilah, never tought of it. Please let us know what p’sak you get.


    The worst it can be is that your Rov will think it’s not Shabbosdik. Otherwise, what can be the issue, Shemo Yatte?


    What a good question. I have one also, but we just naturally unplugged it for Shabbos. But maybe it’s ok to keep it on like any electrical appliance that is permissible but not touched.It could be uvdah d’chol. Ask a shailah, obviously.


    Why is it different than keeping your wall clock plugged in over Shabbos?


    Maybe al pi halacha there’s no diffrence between the clock and the frame but I guess its a feeling…a shabbesdige feeling to put it away


    Does it feel less Shabbosdik to see an electric frame changing pictures than to see an electric clock changing digits? Why?

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    There isn’t a halachic issue to keep it on, but for all I know there is a chumrah to shut it off.

    Just for the record, the digital frame lasts longer when you keep it straight on, than when you constantly fiddle around with it…


    I am more modern orthodox than my yeshivish kids, and one of my kids was shocked that I leave my digital frame on…. But that is what I do.


    It also seems to me (not a Rabbi btw) that it’s really just a feeling of what is Shabbos’dik. If you would sit down and look at paper photo albums on Shabbos, there shouldn’t be much difference ‘looking’ at an electric photo album. Obviously [since anybody might be reading] that means you’re not touching the thing or pushing any buttons.

    I’m sure it takes a bit getting used to. And if you’re trying to teach a toddler about Shabbos, it might be confusing. The first time we left the frame on, my 3-y/o nephew asked if he could watch TV or play the computer (can’t remember which). That may have been because someone left the computer on accidentally also in another room, but I think the frame contributed cuz he was watching it a lot.

    So i think you just have to be clear about its use. I wouldn’t invite friends and family over to watch a slideshow and would avoid putting any videoclips/music on it. And maybe keep it on a timer so it’s not an all-day attraction. Also, I would slow down the transitions so it’s less like a ‘show’ and more just a nice background thing. So you might look at it one moment and think that was a nice trip back in 1984, but you wouldn’t just stare at it all day if it takes 30 seconds to a minute plus for the next picture to appear.



    Keep us posted as to what the psak was.


    Rav Herschel Schechter talked about this, based on a Rambam it could be a problem,but I have heard otherwise, you can watch it on ou’s website.


    He held even according to Reb Moshe it should be assur,watch it here at 16:20 ( )

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