'Shabbat is important to us - but so is transportation'

Prime Minister praises Health Minister Litzman, following his resignation from gov't over Shabbat rail line work. 'A shame he resigned.'David Rosenberg, 11/26/2017, 7:27 PM

35,000 Jews spend Shabbat in Hevron

Kiryat Arba, Hevron streets fill with caravans and tents as Jews from Israel and the Diaspora gather for Shabbat.Eliran Aharon, 11/11/2017, 8:34 PM

'A slippery slope towards harming Shabbat throughout the state'

Chief Rabbinate says Shabbat, one of the most important issues in Judaism, cannot be ruled upon by Supreme Court.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/30/2017, 5:43 PM

Talking about 'us and them' is dangerous

Yesh Atid Chairman says government encourages division of 'us and them,' Israelis must speak candidly about the kind of Shabbat they want.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/27/2017, 8:05 AM

'We will not allow Israel to be a 24/7 state'

MK Yoav Ben Tzur blasts Supreme Court for ruling that supermarkets in Tel Aviv can open on Shabbat.Benny Tocker, 10/27/2017, 3:37 AM

Religious Justices: 'Shabbat is queen'

Religious Supreme Court justices oppose Tel Aviv supermarket ruling. 'Shabbat is the concept around which everyone can unite.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/26/2017, 2:57 PM

'Supreme Court's decision is anti-religious'

Health Minister slams Chief Justice's final ruling, allowing businesses to open on Shabbat. 'Rights of thousands of workers trampled.'Chana Roberts, 10/26/2017, 1:04 PM

Supreme Court confirms Shabbat desecration in Tel Aviv

In her final ruling as Chief Justice, Miriam Naor rejects petition against the opening of Tel Aviv businesses on the Sabbath.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/26/2017, 11:41 AM

Watch new rendition of 'Shabbat Hayom'

Yair Peled single juxtaposes new melody for the famous song about Shabbat with modern animation.Tzvi Lev, 10/22/2017, 9:18 AM

Over a million Jews worldwide gear up for 'Shabbat Project'

Grassroots movement transcends divides to bring Jews across the world to keep a single Shabbat together.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/10/2017, 2:20 PM

Spate of anti-Semitic attacks hits Crown Heights

Woman attacked Jewish girls in Crown Heights after finding out they were Jewish. Assault comes among recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks.Tzvi Lev, 10/9/2017, 5:38 PM

Why did 'kosher' Burger Ranch remain open over Sukkot?

Chief Rabbinate explains why Ben Gurion Airport branch of popular fast food store allowed to remain open on holidays and Shabbat.Gary Willig, 10/5/2017, 8:44 PM

Missouri school district votes to change Saturday graduations

Following complaints by Jewish students' families, district reschedules graduation ceremonies to avoid Shabbat, Shavuot.JTA, 9/14/2017, 7:58 PM

Sderot municipality fines over 'Shabbat sirens'

Municipal supervisor fines Sderot resident for playing Shabbat songs and 'causing a disturbance.'Haim Lev, 9/11/2017, 8:04 AM

Shas MKs call for end to Shabbat soccer matches

Players and coaches from Israeli soccer leagues meet Shas MKs to discuss end of holding games on Shabbat against players' will.Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/10/2017, 7:30 PM

Vizhnitzer Rebbe: Law of Sabbath same as that of Yom Kippur

In third Shabbat meal, Vizhnitzer Rebbe asks followers to strengthen Sabbath observance to positively influence general population.Mordechai Sones, 9/10/2017, 1:25 PM

Scandal: Government requires work on Shabbat

'Bennett-Gafni-Deri government will require soccer players to work on Shabbat.'Avishai Greentzeig, 9/10/2017, 10:54 AM

'Jews have the right to live anywhere in the country'

Deputy Defense Minister says PA law mandating death penalty for Arabs who sell land or homes to Jews must be fought,Hezki Baruch, 9/4/2017, 9:56 PM

Soccer on Shabbat? 'Woe unto us'

Sephardi Chief Rabbi laments intention to officially sanction soccer games on the Sabbath.Hezki Baruch, 9/3/2017, 10:30 AM

New York Supreme Court holds by Rabbeinu Tam's time?

Court rules that defendants illegally served because it was still Shabbat - according to Rabbeinu Tam.Tal Polon, 8/23/2017, 9:33 PM

Haredi MK: No more Shabbat overtime pay

MK Yisrael Eichler wants to pass a law banning the state from paying more money to those that work on Shabbat.Tzvi Lev, 8/21/2017, 10:02 AM

'They're making a mockery of you and your Shabbat'

Israeli Arab documents rail work on Shabbat, in violation of minister's pledge to haredi MKs.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/13/2017, 5:14 PM

Haredi party unveils plan for 'kosher' electricity on Shabbat

United Torah Judaism party submits proposal to use electricity on Shabbat without any Jewish labor.JTA and Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/6/2017, 7:17 PM

'A perfect example of secular coercion'

Knesset committee discusses hotels' insistence on evacuating Shabbat-observant guests from their rooms before Shabbat ends.Hezki Baruch, 7/19/2017, 12:35 PM

Jewish hairdresser wins suit after working on Shabbat

Jewish boss had demanded Jewish employee not come into work on Shabbat despite having store open.JTA, 7/16/2017, 9:33 PM

Haredim score victory: Rail work cancelled for coming Shabbat

PM, Infrastructure Minister meet with haredi MKs, agree to preserve status quo on Shabbat.Hezki Baruch, 6/22/2017, 8:01 PM

Yesh Atid pushes for public transportation on Shabbat

Ministerial Committee on Legislation to discuss opposition bill to permit public transportation on Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/15/2017, 10:06 PM

Liberman: We are open to any proposal from Trump Administration

Defense Minister eulogizes Rabbi Benny Elon, says Israel ready to accept any peace plan from the Trump Administration.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/8/2017, 3:37 PM

Deri to receive authority to enforce Sabbath laws

Interior Minister granted authority to enforce the Hours of Work and Rest Law amid anger over allowance of Sabbath desecration in Tel Aviv.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/4/2017, 9:35 PM

MK Maklev: 'Why did the Supreme Court hurry to rule on Shabbat?'

MK Uri Maklev(UTJ) says that haredi parties are working to cancel by-laws allowing Shabbat commerce and demand a new Supreme Court hearing.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/3/2017, 5:06 PM

Deri demands authority on Shabbat issue at Supreme Court hearing

Haredi ministers will meet Tuesday with Tourism Minister Levin and demand the right to enforce Shabbat laws and legislation of status quo.Michal Levy, 4/25/2017, 9:54 AM

Haredim resign from Tel Aviv municipal coalition

Following High Court decision to open supermarkets on Shabbat, haredi reps. in TA say they will no longer participate in mayor's coalition.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/24/2017, 10:48 PM

Atlantic City Shabbat 'a lighthouse of Judaism'

Arutz Sheva holds joint Shabbat with Chabad of Atlantic City's Stockton University.Ido Ben Porat, 3/26/2017, 3:39 PM

'If you don't approve rabbis' demand, we won't support budget'

Haredi party to prevent Jerusalem city budget from passing unless restaurants that open on Shabbat are banned from placing tables outside.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/15/2017, 1:28 PM

'Shabbat desecration is funded by the municipality'

Haredi and Religious Zionist rabbis call on Jerusalem municipality not to fund Shabbat-desecrating activities.Uzi Baruch, 3/15/2017, 11:06 AM

Brazil changes Sabbath-desecrating test

Brazil’s national high school moves exam from Shabbat after Jewish lobbying.JTA, 3/13/2017, 2:10 PM

Haredi MK: Super-Pharm violates Sabbath

Health Minister Litzman claims Israeli pharmacy chain abuses gov't approval to sell medicines on Saturday, says he's turned to lawyers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/8/2017, 9:39 AM

Cabinet Minister: Are we Iran?

Heated debate in Cabinet allowing soccer teams to continue to play on the Sabbath. Religious players may have to violate Sabbath or sit out.Arutz Shev Staff, 3/5/2017, 7:15 PM

Why are there no security checks at Western Wall on Shabbat?

Channel 2 investigation reveals people posing as haredim could bring weapons, explosive devices into Western Wall on Shabbat.Yoel Domb, 2/6/2017, 9:07 PM

Event at 'The Monster' cancelled after haredi protests

Event in Jerusalem's Monster Park would have violated the Sabbath.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/27/2017, 10:10 AM

Cabinet to authorize Deri on Shabbat supermarket law

The cabinet is expected to authorize Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to decide the issue of opening supermarkets on Shabbat and holidays.Haim Lev, 1/26/2017, 12:55 PM

Haredi MK: Moving US Embassy is superfluous

Finance Committee Head says Israel doesn't need world to agree Jerusalem is important, threatens to vote against Maaleh Adumim annexation.Ido Ben Porat, 1/23/2017, 8:38 AM

Meretz leader: Be prepared for civil uprising over Sabbath

Meretz Chairwoman says 'racist' haredi parties pushing secular population too far by refusing to allow stores to open on the Sabbath.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/22/2017, 4:00 PM

Jewish Home Minister: Fewer permits to work on Shabbat

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel meets with Chief Rabbinate Council, calls on other ministers to cut number of permits to work on Shabbat.Hezki Baruch, 1/16/2017, 3:31 PM

Smotrich to PM: Shabbat commerce violates coalition agreement

MK Betzalel Smotrich(Jewish Home) tells PM that government approval of Shabbat commerce would violate coalition agreement.Haim Lev, 1/5/2017, 7:47 PM

Tzohar rabbis: Prohibit stores from opening on Shabbat

Tzohar rabbinic organization called on government to prohibit stores opening on Shabbat as 'it is central component of Israel's identity.'Yedidia Ben Or, 1/5/2017, 3:08 PM

Managerial committee decides: Yes to business on Shabbat

Government managerial committee recommends Tel Aviv allow partial Shabbat trade and store operation in its jurisdictionMordechai Sones, 1/2/2017, 6:38 PM

Bill barring anti-Shabbat business discrimination approved

Knesset committee approves measure barring discrimination against Shabbat-observant businesses.Hezki Baruch, 1/2/2017, 12:49 PM

Rivlin says he supports status quo on religious issues

President Rivlin clarified yesterday's statements, saying he favors maintaining status quo and giving expression to every community's needs.Yoel Domb, 12/1/2016, 11:33 AM

Jewish groups urge post-election discussion at Shabbat dinners

Jewish organizations encourage young Jews to use Shabbat dinner as a way to promote dialogue about the results of the presidential election.JTA, 11/22/2016, 3:58 AM

Why is the state not stopping soccer games on Shabbat?

High Court questions why Att'y General did not enforce labor court ruling that National League players cannot be forced to play on Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/4/2016, 12:14 PM

Poll: 92% of Israeli businesses don’t want to open on Shabbat

The study also found that 98% of businesses said they wouldn’t take customer calls on Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 10/13/2016, 2:55 PM

'Do we fight for Shabbat the way Rabbi Kook would?'

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem calls for introspection in religious community regarding attitude toward public Shabbat desecration.Hezki Baruch, 9/18/2016, 2:14 PM

Shabbat crisis: Haredi position split

Shas head Aryeh Deri promises no coalition crisis over Shabbat construction, causing disgruntled UTJ MKs to weigh their options.Ben Shaul, 9/8/2016, 9:29 PM

Chief Rabbinate: No compromises on holiness of Shabbat

Chief Rabbis publish special statement following brouhaha over Israel Railways construction on Shabbat. 'We are not like other nations.'Hezki Baruch, 9/8/2016, 7:34 PM

Haim Katz: Work will take place on railway this Shabbat

Haim Katz has decided that essential work will take place on railways this Shabbat and in the following weeks on Shabbat.Haim Lev, 9/8/2016, 1:09 PM

Chief Rabbi Lau permitted satellite launch on Shabbat

The ill-fated attempt to launch the 'Amos 6' satellite last Shabbat was sanctioned by the Chief Rabbi as a life-saving concern.Reut Hadar, 9/7/2016, 2:34 PM