Rabbinate responds to court:
'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,

Chief Rabbinate meets to discuss preservation of Shabbat
Chief Rabbinate meets to discuss preservation of Shabbat
Chief Rabbinate spokesperson

The Chief Rabbinate Council held an urgent meeting Monday to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to allow Tel Aviv businesses to remain open on Shabbat,

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, took part in the discussion and detailed the attempts to prevent public Shabbat desecration in Tel Aviv.

The rabbinate released a statement following the meeting:

"The Council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel discussed the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the opening of businesses on Shabbat, and expresses its regret and astonishment at this decision. The Council sees this as causing severe damage to Shabbat observance in the public sphere. The fact that the decision of the justices corresponds to their way of life shows that, more than anything else, this is not a question of law but a question of perspective."

The letter continued: "The council sees this decision as a slippery slope towards harming the Shabbat throughout the country. The founders of the State understood the importance and value of Shabbat. It is a shame that liberalism is causing such serious harm to one of the central symbols of Judaism and Israeli society - which (Shabbat) has fallen victim to the Supreme Court's decision."

"The Shabbat is a sign of the covenant between the Creator and His people. It is one of the expressions of the uniqueness of the Jewish people. It is not a legal matter to deal with these values. The Council calls upon the Government of Israel and all representatives of the public and members of the Knesset to keep the Shabbat in their hearts, and to act to enact laws that will preserve the honor of the Jewish people throughout the generations - guarding the Shabbat."

The Chief Rabbinate authorized Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern and Beersheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri to initiate a dialogue with all rabbis in Israel in order to coordinate protest measures against the Supreme Court's decision.