Sitting at the kitchen table, devouring a pizza splice cooked on the special "pizza" feature, my eye fell upon the manual's page about the Sabbath Feature. Why a Sears Kenmore Elite--and other brands--should have built in such a setting, I do not know. It's for Orthodox Jews who stringently follow the laws for keeping the Sabbath. Apparently, when these laws were first formulated, thousands of years ago, making a fire was work. For this reason, you were not supposed to light a fire on the Sabbath. Now, I don't know how many American Jews adhere to the strictest of the Sabbath proscriptions, especially since nowadays, putting on a cooktop or an oven is a matter of a flick of the fingers. I do not know of any Jews who adhere to the Sabbath laws so strictly that they will not turn on an electric stove, but I surmise there are some.
When I was a child being brought up in a Kosher home, one in which we observed the Sabbath very seriously. We didn't strike matches, tear paper, cut anything, or indulge in any activity that would interfere with our doing no work on Shabbos (as we called it.) Actually, it was wonderful. A total day off. However, most of the Jews I knew in the 1930' 40's. and even 50's did keep Kosher homes, but, since then, only very Orthodox Jews or Chasidic ones still do so. Why now, when there are maybe 100,000 Jews in all who keep the Sabbath holy have stoves instituted a Sabbath feature,which allows you to set the oven to a given temperature for 24 hours? The ovens even have a "Slow Cook" setting so that a dish or dishes can be put in the oven before the sun sets on the Sabbath, so it will cook slowly.
I always read when I'm eating alone, so I read The Sabbath features on p. 31 of the manual. Writing appliance manuals is a skill, one unfortunately not honed very well in many instances. This one, I found unintentionally hilarious. It lists the steps you take to activate the Sabbath feature before sundown on Friday to after sundown on Saturday. That much is fine. However, Step 5 says:
If you desire to set the Oven Control for a Cook Time or Delay Start do so at this time...Remember the oven will shut down after using ...[these features] and (underlining and bold mine) therefore may only be used once during the Sabbath/Jewish Holidays..."You may change the oven temperature once baking has started...enter the oven temperature...and then press Start TWICE (for Jewish Holidays only.) Remember that the oven control will no longer beep or display any further changes once the oven is set for the Sabbath.
In the event of a power failure, you should remove the food..because you may only start the oven once during the Sabbath/Jewish Holidays.