There is a common stance that one may not "use" (whatever that means) electricity on Shabbos, but it seems that the talmud allows for a heter, a permissible case. Apparently, if one wants to insert an electrical wire into an outlet on the sabbath using the lower of two sockets,

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one can do so because of the principle of "low plug."

Why is this allowance not employed more in Jewish households?

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    Simple: since the top one is assur, the bottom one is too. In other words, lo plug about the low plug.
    – Meir
    Feb 24, 2021 at 18:46
  • My rav actually told me the top plug was allowed. Definitely would've kept differently if he hadn't. shrug
    – הראל
    Mar 1, 2021 at 4:30

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All prohibitions on Shabbos are learned out from what was done in the Mishkan. Since the boards for the Mishkan used sockets on the bottom, that is for sure going to be forbidden on Shabbos.
The law for sockets on top is less obvious; I'd guess it is a toldah of the av melacha, sokhet.


You've completely misinterpreted the sugya. The heter derived from "lo plug" allows us to use a gas stove on Shabbat, since it does not have a plug at all.


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    next thing is you're going to tell me it is about hair replacement...
    – rosends
    Feb 24, 2021 at 21:31
  • Wut. No pilot light?
    – Joshua
    Feb 25, 2021 at 3:27
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    I am not Jewish but this warning seems excessive. Feb 25, 2021 at 10:29
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    @user it is very serious for a Jew to use a gas stove on Shabbat and even more serious to cause one to think it's permitted to do so Feb 25, 2021 at 12:27
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    @user253751 - its also a commandment to never lead another into error, for example by misleading them what is allowed or not - even if merely by example or by lack of clarity what one is doing. So if someone saw this page or a copy of it, and didn't realise it was in jest, and thought this was serious advice...... yes Judaism does take leading people wrongly, * that * seriously.........
    – Stilez
    Feb 25, 2021 at 21:14

The only dialect of English in which the words plug and פלוג are pronounced the same way is Geordie, see



Geordie's are not smart enough to figure out whether they should use the top socket or the bottom socket.

Therefore the chachamim made a לא פלוג and said, just as you may not use the top socket, you may also not use the bottom socket. Hence, לא פלוג at all.

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