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Lessons from Shabbat demonstrations in Petah Tikva

Lessons from Shabbat demonstrations in Petah Tikva

Political agreements reached in a broad public framework are more beneficial to Shabbat observance than demonstrations.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 07/02/2021 21:27
Desecration of Shabbat in life-threatening cases

Desecration of Shabbat in life-threatening cases

If there is a real danger to human life on Shabbat, the decision whether to desecrate Shabbat should be made by professionals.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 18/11/2020 11:36
Court: Examine reducing 'Shabbat buses'

Court: Examine reducing 'Shabbat buses'

Tel Aviv District Court tells Ramat Gan to reduce frequency of 'Shabbat buses.'Ben Shaul, 03/12/2019 15:05
Taxi drivers: Shabbat buses costing us 30% of our profits

Taxi drivers: Shabbat buses costing us 30% of our profits

Taxi drivers in central Israel complain: 'Government needs to think about us as well, we're not managing to earn enough.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 02/12/2019 14:59
Bnei Brak: Dozens protest 'Shabbat buses'

Bnei Brak: Dozens protest 'Shabbat buses'

Bnei Brak protesters block main thoroughfare in protest of Shabbat desecration.Michal Levi, 30/11/2019 22:02
'Public Sabbath desecration is a gross act of defiance'

'Public Sabbath desecration is a gross act of defiance'

Haredi minister takes aim at public transportation on Sabbath, Blue and White leader slaps back.Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/11/2019 13:33
A halakhic state? Or one that respects halakha?

A halakhic state? Or one that respects halakha?

We now have issues on whether men and women should serve together in army units, whether Torah students should be drafted, whether non-essential government works should be done on Shabbat and Supreme Court decisions which conflict with Jewish law. Leonie Ben-Simon, 28/05/2019 07:16
Haredi rabbis protest Eurovision Sabbath desecration

Haredi rabbis protest Eurovision Sabbath desecration

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky leads call for prayers in protest of Sabbath desecration caused by Saturday's Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv.Arutz Sheva Staff, AFP, 15/05/2019 14:39
Rabbis warn against businesses running on Shabbat

Rabbis warn against businesses running on Shabbat

Jerusalem chief rabbis encourage public to support Sabbath-observant businesses, warns against 'blurring' Israel's Jewish character.Arutz Sheva Staff, 19/03/2019 15:33
Haredi MK: I've discovered the cause of train malfunctions

Haredi MK: I've discovered the cause of train malfunctions

Haredi lawmaker says infrastructure work carried out on Sabbath to blame for string of malfunctions in new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train line.Arutz Sheva Staff, 25/12/2018 13:58
El Al Shabbat flight blunder discussed in Knesset

El Al Shabbat flight blunder discussed in Knesset

Knesset debates El Al Shabbat flight to learn lessons. 'I praise El Al for not flying on Shabbat, but when in doubt - don't fly.'Hezki Baruch, 04/12/2018 22:09
Cost of El Al Shabbat debacle: NIS 1.7 million

Cost of El Al Shabbat debacle: NIS 1.7 million

Beyond compensation for passengers, it seems company preferred to pay significant price to avert haredi boycott.Mordechai Sones, 26/11/2018 22:54
Shabbat demonstration: Thousand protest despite rabbis' call

Shabbat demonstration: Thousand protest despite rabbis' call

Despite call by rabbis, few thousand Bnei Brak residents protest Shabbat light rail work.Ben Shaul, 23/09/2018 07:50
First Station complex in Jerusalem to remain open on Shabbat

First Station complex in Jerusalem to remain open on Shabbat

Mayoral candidate Ofer Berkowitz welcomes decision: 'If Jerusalem doesn't belong to everyone, it won't be at all.'Mordechai Sones, 31/05/2018 17:55
Education Minister: Defense Minister's behavior is 'provocative'

Education Minister: Defense Minister's behavior is 'provocative'

Education Minister Bennett says Defense Minister Liberman's visit to Ashdod mall on Shabbat was inappropriate and needlessly provocative.Haim Lev, 22/01/2018 10:40
Haredim desert El Al flight over concerns of Shabbat desecration

Haredim desert El Al flight over concerns of Shabbat desecration

Haredim disembark after learning El Al flight may arrive in Israel after the start of Shabbat. Weather, not El Al, at fault.Arutz Sheva Staff, 05/01/2018 10:34
'Interior Minister needs to listen to the experts'

'Interior Minister needs to listen to the experts'

Former MK Eli Yishai warns Interior Minister Deri that if the Supermarket Law's issues aren't fixed, the Supreme Court may shoot it down.Michal Levi, 27/12/2017 15:13
Cities scramble to pass legislation to allow Shabbat desecration

Cities scramble to pass legislation to allow Shabbat desecration

Cities across Israel are scrambling to pass legislation that will open businesses on Shabbat before the Supermarket Law passes.Tzvi Lev, 24/12/2017 10:39
Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

Rabbis to Netanyahu: Protect the honor of Shabbat

Dozens of rabbis sign petition asking PM Netanyahu to protect sanctity of Shabbat.Arutz Sheva Staff, 16/12/2017 20:46
Haredi MK won't sit in Yesh Atid-led coalition

Haredi MK won't sit in Yesh Atid-led coalition

UTJ's Moshe Gafni says he won't sit with Yesh Atid, won't make peace with construction work on Shabbat.Michal Levi, 02/12/2017 22:35
Jewish Home MK gives interview on Shabbat

Jewish Home MK gives interview on Shabbat

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli gives an interview on Shabbat, says microphone she used is a special 'Shabbat microphone' from the Zomet Institute.Haim Lev, 02/12/2017 20:29
'Promised to kill Hamas leader, but then killed store owners'

'Promised to kill Hamas leader, but then killed store owners'

Store owners' union says Yisrael Beytenu's vote against law forcing stores to close on Shabbat is attempt to 'eliminate' small businesses.Hezki Baruch, 30/11/2017 13:09
'Cancel extra pay for work done on Shabbat'

'Cancel extra pay for work done on Shabbat'

Two days after resignation from ministerial position over Shabbat work, MK submits proposal to cancel extra pay for work done on Shabbat.Michal Levi, 30/11/2017 10:41
'Litzman's resignation is utter nonsense and complete hypocrisy'

'Litzman's resignation is utter nonsense and complete hypocrisy'

Former MK asks why Litzman suddenly woke up to the fact that work is being done on Shabbat.Benny Tucker, 27/11/2017 08:21
Health Minister resigns from post due to Shabbat desecration

Health Minister resigns from post due to Shabbat desecration

Health Minister Yaakov Litzman resigns from his post, but his UTJ party remains in coalition.Hezki Baruch, 24/11/2017 12:14
Haredi minister: I will fight to the end

Haredi minister: I will fight to the end

Health Minister Litzman says he doesn't want Shabbat desecration, but doesn't want new elections either.Ben Shaul, 23/11/2017 12:43
MK Gafni threatens coalition crisis if Shabbat bill not passed

MK Gafni threatens coalition crisis if Shabbat bill not passed

Haredi MK demands state take action to restore status quo after Supreme Court permits Shabbat desecration by businesses in Tel Aviv.Gary Willig, 27/10/2017 12:03
Talking about 'us and them' is dangerous

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, 27/10/2017 08:05
Minister: I was unaware of infrastructure work on Rosh Hashana

Minister: I was unaware of infrastructure work on Rosh Hashana

Labor Minister Katz denies responsibility for permitting construction work in Tel Aviv over Rosh Hashanah.Michal Levy, 25/09/2017 11:03
Bnei Brak appeals Shabbat light rail construction

Bnei Brak appeals Shabbat light rail construction

Predominantly haredi city blasts plans to carry out infrastructure work for new light rail train on Shabbat, in violation of agreement.Haim Lev, 25/09/2017 08:40
Haredi minister, MK praise Supreme Court Shabbat decision

Haredi minister, MK praise Supreme Court Shabbat decision

Health Minister Litzman welcomes Supreme Court decision to reject petition demanding Shabbat public transportation.Mordechai Sones, 11/09/2017 20:46
'Don't soccer players deserve a day of rest?'

'Don't soccer players deserve a day of rest?'

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi speaks about sports on Shabbat, says family time is important for mental health and happiness.Benny Tucker, 08/09/2017 08:30
'Haredim abandoned Shabbat sports struggle'

'Haredim abandoned Shabbat sports struggle'

Anticipating ministers' government Shabbat sports policy vote, political source accuses haredi parties of weakness and duplicity.Mordechai Sones, 07/09/2017 12:13
'It's horrific to see how synagogues are turned into cafes'

'It's horrific to see how synagogues are turned into cafes'

PM Netanyahu, Interior Minister, speak about private tour to Tel Aviv neighborhoods.Ben Shaul, 04/09/2017 14:09
'Shabbat more important than Western Wall'

'Shabbat more important than Western Wall'

Conservative Movement in Israel Chairman Yizhar Hess mocks haredi politicians' inaction on government Shabbat desecration.Tzvi Lev, 27/08/2017 10:28
'Haredim are not disciplined, they do what they want'

'Haredim are not disciplined, they do what they want'

Northern police rabbi says haredi community can't have it both ways, haredi community forces police to desecrate Shabbat against their will.Arutz Sheva Staff, 26/04/2017 10:47
'High Court Justices - Products of poor education'

'High Court Justices - Products of poor education'

Chairman of Torah Judaism faction attacks Supreme Court justices who ruled on Sabbath, swipes at Minister Kahlon and party.Mordechai Sones, 25/04/2017 18:20
Haredim to Barkat: No Shabbat, no budget

Haredim to Barkat: No Shabbat, no budget

Jerusalem city council members demand mayor end Shabbat desecration by municipality, threaten to block budget.Michal Levy, 27/02/2017 10:52
State recommends curtailing Shabbat soccer

State recommends curtailing Shabbat soccer

AG promotes gradual Shabbat soccer game reduction while finding solutions for religious players as long as Shabbat games continue.Ido Ben-Porat, 15/02/2017 13:28
Shabbat Law: Government to request court extension

Shabbat Law: Government to request court extension

After charged discussion at cabinet meeting on bylaw to open supermarkets in Tel Aviv on Shabbat, government to ask court for extension.Chaim Lev, 08/01/2017 17:47
Jewish Home Minister: Don't touch Shabbat

Jewish Home Minister: Don't touch Shabbat

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel calls on government not to touch Shabbat issues' status quo, warns any changes could problems.Hezki Baruch, 08/01/2017 09:46
'Do we fight for Shabbat the way R' Kook would?'

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

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem calls for introspection in religious community regarding attitude toward public Shabbat desecration.Hezki Baruch, 18/09/2016 14:14
Minister Ariel: Regulation Law must be passed

Minister Ariel: Regulation Law must be passed

At Rav Kook conference, Minister Uri Ariel stresses that Regulation Law must be passed and all Judea and Samaria communities legalized.Yoel Domb, 18/09/2016 12:46
Shabbat crisis: Haredi position split

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, 08/09/2016 21:29
Chief Rabbinate: No compromise on Shabbat holiness

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, 08/09/2016 19:34
The unwarranted uproar over railway work on Shabbat

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, 06/09/2016 21:38
Netanyahu: Religious status quo will be maintained

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, 04/09/2016 13:11
'Why not just build at night instead of Shabbat?'

'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, 04/09/2016 12:10
Haredim lay out terms for Netanyahu's surrender

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, 30/08/2016 16:02
'In the Jewish State, of all places - to desecrate

'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, 29/08/2016 22:04
'Shabbat is just as important to me as to haredim'

'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, 28/08/2016 21:19
Haredim continue to threaten 'Hexit'

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, 28/08/2016 14:02
'Haredim will not decide who is a Likud minister'

'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, 28/08/2016 08:33
Haredi ultimatum: Our Shabbat, or your coalition

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, 25/08/2016 21:10
Transportation Minister: "I can't get involved"

Transportation Minister: "I can't get involved"

"I can't get involved in train works which take place on Shabbat"Hezki Baruch, 25/08/2016 19:05
Businesses to be open on Shabbat in Tel Aviv?

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, 24/08/2016 13:36
Uproar over train work scheduled for Shabbat

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, 10/05/2016 15:55