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Chief Rabbinate: No compromise on Shabbat holiness

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

The unwarranted uproar over railway work on Shabbat

In general, Shabbat is officially kept in the State of Israel. The police estimated that closure of the Ayalon Highway on a weekday would endanger lives.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 9/6/2016, 9:38 PM

Netanyahu: Religious status quo will be maintained

'This crisis is completely unnecessary,' says PM. 'When there is no necessity to do work on Shabbat, it will not be done on Shabbat.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 9/4/2016, 1:11 PM

'Why not just build at night instead of Shabbat?'

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel urges end to coalition crisis sparked by infrastructure work on Jewish holy day.Nitsan Keidar, 9/4/2016, 12:10 PM

Haredim lay out terms for Netanyahu's surrender

In a meeting with the Prime Minister, haredi politicians lay out terms for their continued participation in government.Rachel Kaplan, 8/30/2016, 4:02 PM

'In the Jewish State, of all places - to desecrate

Bennett reiterated national importance of Shabbat in light of recent debates surrounding work on the railway on Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 8/29/2016, 10:04 PM

'Shabbat is just as important to me as to haredim'

The Head of the Jewish Home Party clarified his stance on enforcement of Shabbat observance in light of recent coalition crisis.Haim Lev, 8/28/2016, 9:19 PM

Haredim continue to threaten 'Hexit'

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz gave a stern warning to Israel Railways, while haredim continue to threaten to collapse the coalition.Rachel Kaplan, 8/28/2016, 2:02 PM

'Haredim will not decide who is a Likud minister'

Coalition chair MK David Bitan comes out strongly against a seeming 'haredi takeover,' after haredi politicians score Shabbat victory.Rachel Kaplan, 8/28/2016, 8:33 AM

Haredi ultimatum: Our Shabbat, or your coalition

The heads of the haredi parties have given Netanyahu 24 hours to end the train works on Shabbat, or they will break the government.Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 9:10 PM

Transportation Minister: "I can't get involved"

"I can't get involved in train works which take place on Shabbat"Hezki Baruch, 8/25/2016, 7:05 PM

Businesses to be open on Shabbat in Tel Aviv?

The "Committee of Director-Generals" plans to present several bills to the Knesset to legally establish Shabbat desecration in Tel Aviv.Ben Shaul, 8/24/2016, 1:36 PM

Uproar over train work scheduled for Shabbat

Jewish Home MK, Deputy Mayor of Ra'anana write ministers demanding work be stopped due to Israel's status as a Jewish state.Benny Toker, 5/10/2016, 3:55 PM

Eichler Calls for Closure of Businesses on Shabbat

MK Yisrael Eichler demands the government enforce laws requiring businesses to close on Shabbat.Haim Lev, 10/8/2015, 9:40 AM

A-G Allows Soccer Games on Shabbat

Soccer games to be allowed on the Jewish day of rest so as not to change the status quo, Yehuda Weinstein rules.Tova Dvorin, 9/9/2015, 7:20 PM

'Shabbat is the Soul of the Jewish People'

Rabbis must gather and defend against Shabbat desecration in the public sphere, Jerusalem's Chief Sephardi Rabbi asserts.Yedidyah Ben Or, 8/27/2015, 11:46 AM

Deri: We Will Not be Silent on Shabbat Desecration

Shas chairman blasts Netanyahu and Katz for allowing Ma'ariv Bridge clean-up to continue throughout Jewish day of rest.Haim Lev, 8/23/2015, 8:06 AM

Rabbi Urges Katz: No More Buses on Shabbat

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi urges Transport Ministry to ensure that bus drivers keep Shabbat fully.Reut Hadar and Tova Dvorin, 12/9/2014, 11:19 AM

Radical Bill Proposes Change in Shabbat Observance

Yesh Atid and Hatnua MKs poised to raise massive political debate with bill giving local authorities free hand to desecrate Shabbat.Ari Yashar, 9/7/2014, 2:04 PM

Meretz Runs Free Shabbat Buses Yet Again

Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz plans to introduce legislation that would allow full bus transportation on Shabbat.Moshe Cohen, 6/29/2014, 11:19 AM

Rabbi Brings Message of Unity to Jerusalem Station

Iconic restored Ottomon-era station may be open on Shabbat - but rather than protest, a local synagogue is spreading some Hanukkah joy.Ben Bresky & Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/4/2013, 4:07 PM