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Amana Ovens Sabbath/Holiday Compliance

The following AMANA RANGES may be used on the Jewish Sabbath or the Jewish Holidays (Yom Tov) in accordance with the instructions below:


Please be aware that there are restrictions in the use of ovens and stoves on the Sabbath and Holidays. If you are unfamiliar with the laws of keeping food warm on the Sabbath or cooking on the Holidays, please call your Rabbi. Please note that when the Holiday and Sabbath coincide, the Sabbath laws prevail. Before first use of a new oven be sure to wash the racks and interior of the oven thoroughly with warm water and soap to remove any coating oil.


    1. On the Sabbath, electric heat may not be initiated, adjusted or turned off.

    2. On the Sabbath, a "blech" should be used to cover the flame in addition to covering the controls of the cooktop. For the coiled electric burners use a standard "blech".

    3. On the Holiday, electric heat may not be initiated or turned completely off. For electric cooktops with coils, raising the temperature is not permitted because there is no indication when power is on to the heating elements. Lowering the temperature is permitted when necessary for food preparation.

    4. During a power failure, electric cooktops will recover to the set temperature when the power returns.


    1. If opening the oven door turns on an oven light, the bulb should either be removed before the Sabbath or Holiday or the light should be turned on at the control panel and left on for the entire Sabbath or Holiday.

    2. The oven temperature may not be initiated, adjusted or turned off on the Sabbath.

    3. On the Sabbath, in lieu of a "blech", the oven controls should be covered. (Be careful not to cover vent openings.)

    4. All food should be placed in the oven before the Sabbath begins, since none may be placed in the oven during the Sabbath.

    5. On the Sabbath, the oven door may only be opened once, all the food removed and then closed. On the Holidays, the oven door may be opened/closed at any time as often as desired.

    6. On the holidays, the temperature may be adjusted (but not initiated or turned off) at any time following the instructions in the owner's manual (because there is a delay between the request and implementation). These models have timed bake in the Sabbath mode. This feature can only be initiated before the Sabbath/Holiday. Once timed bake goes off, the oven cannot be used again for that Sabbath/Holiday.

Consumers should be aware that when raising or lowering the oven temperature on the Holidays in the Sabbath mode, no numbers are displayed. Therefore, it is considerably easier to do so with the knob or keypad where one can turn to or press specific numbers, as opposed to the slew control where one is pressing an up/down arrow to obtain the desired temperature.

There are two types of keypad number pads: Membrane and Glass Touch. The surface of the Membrane number pad depresses somewhat when pressed (which the customer can sense) and in the process registers the input. The surface of the Glass Touch number pads is solid and will not depress when pushed. To make sure the command is registered for the Glass Touch, ensure that the entire pad of your finger is squarely over the number for two seconds. Make sure not to overlap another pad while touching the desired pad - be especially careful around the CANCEL key so that SABBATH mode is not exited. Due to a lack of visual and audio feedback in SABBATH, a Membrane Control Panel may be preferable. This is due to "feeling" the key depression.

    7. After recovery from a power failure, all these ovens will stay off.

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