Jun 17, 2020

Quote of the Day

Public transportation on Shabbos is a tragedy specifically for those who do not keep Shabbos. What is left from the Shabbos atmosphere for a Jew like that? The quiet outside, the rest. Those who want to operate buses and malls on Shabbos are turning their workers into slaves who will not merit the gift of Shabbos... the wealthy and workers in the public sector who do not work on Shabbos go out on tiyulim and shopping and thereby steal the right to rest on Shabbos from the weaker sector of employed workers who have to work on Shabbos like slaves. The Torah says "so that your slaves and maidservants will rest like you"

  -- MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ), during the big public transportation on Shabbos debate in Knesset today.

Funnily enough, MK Suva (Yisrael beyteynu) proposed during the debate that there should even be public transpiration on Shabbos to the Kotel.

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1 comment:

  1. It is true that small businesses and buses running on Shabbat has a far bigger impact on the traditional segment of society than the religious. Religious Jews will not work on Shabbat no matter how much they are offered, however there are many traditional Jews in Blue color jobs, or bus drivers, or employed in small businesses who would prefer to spend Shabbat with their family, but financially cannot keep their job if they refuse to work on Shabbat.
    It should not be the religious parties fighting for the welfare of these blue-color workers, it should be Labour (but don't hold your breath for Labour to lobby against buses or small businesses on Shabbat)


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