How to Set the Sabbath Mode on GE Ovens

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You can check your manual to find out how to use your oven in Sabbath mode.
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In Judaism, Shabbat, Shabbos or the Sabbath is an important holy day in the Jewish calendar. If you own any General Electric appliances, one may not be aware that there is a GE oven Sabbath mode so that you don't have to operate your oven on the day of rest. If you're not familiar with how to put your oven into the GE oven Sabbath mode, your owner's manual has thorough GE Shabbos mode instructions.

What Is Sabbath Mode?

Sabbath is a day of religious observance and abstinence from work that Jewish people observe from Friday evening to Saturday evening. The observation of Sabbath and other religious holidays in Judaism requires the restriction of certain activities during holy times. Many Jewish laws even apply to the use of appliances during Sabbath. One rule states that during Sabbath, the oven cannot be turned on or off.

According to GE Appliances, GE worked with third-party kosher certification agencies to develop Sabbath mode features on many GE appliances. Some models have GE oven Sabbath mode, GE cafe refrigerator Sabbath mode and there's even a GE dishwasher with Sabbath mode.

Set GE Oven Sabbath Mode

The GE oven Sabbath mode is set through the special features mode on the oven control. When you set the Sabbath mode, it can only be used for regular or timed baking and roasting, not for convection cooking, broiling, delay-start cooking or self-cleaning. When the GE oven Sabbath mode is activated, the oven may be set to go on immediately and stay on for a set amount of time or turn off automatically after a set amount of time. During this time, the digital display will not illuminate to show time, the temperature or the selected oven function until the Sabbath mode feature is manually deactivated at the end of the Sabbath or holiday.

According to the GE Owner's Manual, to set the GE oven Sabbath mode, you need to press the bake and broil pads at the same time and hold them for three seconds until "SF" appears on display. Then press the set clock pad until "SAb" appears on display. When "SAb" appears, press the start button.

If your model does not have a set clock pad, then you need to press the cook time pad until "SAb" appears in the display. Then you can press start. After you press the start button, a single bracket "]" will show on display. This bracket indicates that the GE oven Sabbath mode is set.

Exit Sabbath Mode

When Sabbath or holiday is over, you have to exit the Sabbath mode manually. To exit the GE oven Sabbath mode, you need to press the cancel/off button. Press the bake and broil pads at the same time for three seconds until "SF" appears in the display. Then press the set clock pad until "On" appears in the display.

When "On" appears in the display, press the start button. If your model does not have a set clock pad, then you need to press the cook time pad until "On" appears. Then press the start button. The display will change from a single bracket "]" to the time of day. This means that you are now out of the GE oven Sabbath mode.

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