Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Jerusalem and Shabbat: A changed reality

By Prof. Aviad Hacohen

ISRAEL---Jerusalem has been rocked by two new developments: the Yes Planet multiplex's decision to have screenings on Shabbat, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat's heavy-handed enforcement of laws that require grocery stores to close on Jewish holidays. This increased enforcement of Shabbat laws in Jerusalem may restore Shabbat's rightful place by it a source of national pride once again. Although some circles in Israeli society believe the Shabbat belongs to them, no one has ownership rights on this institution or on the idea it represents: a day of rest, not just in the spiritual or holy sense. It has been an inalienable asset of the Zionist movement from its early days. [link]