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  7/11/2014, Tammuz 13, 5774

Guidelines for Shabbat under Fire


The Tzohar rabbinical organization issued, Thursday, guidelines for Shabbat observance during the current Gaza missile crisis, subject to those of the Homefront Command. They included leaving a radio tuned to the channel that is quiet except for missile alerts.

Those living far enough from a synagogue to be caught without a safe room to enter should pray at home.

Activated reservists who are at home may answer the phone since it may be a call to rejoin their units.

Soldiers and civilians working for the Israel Defense Forces who are released on Shabbat may walk home if the distance is less than 12 kilometers but may not take transportation.

While prayers of supplication are permitted to address the situation, fasting is not.