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Sep 21, 2022

The Holidays in Tel Aviv

The City of Tel Aviv published on its municipal website instructions, guidelines and relevant information for the upcoming holiday season in Tel Aviv. Some of it is informative, some generous, and some cute and quirky and not necessarily traditional.

For example:

they will allow, once again, expansion of some shuls into public areas for the holidays. This has to be done in coordination with the city's Religious Council.

announced details of the times and location of the sukkos fair selling lulav and esrog and sukka materials.

The city will distribute schach (presumably palm fronds, for free!) at several locations around the city (as long as supply lasts). All Israeli cities should do this. Instead, they let people trim city trees and then sell the branches.

Information about when the beaches will be supervised with lifeguards - on Yom Kippur there will be no lifeguards on the beaches, and swimming without lifeguards present is both dangerous and illegal.

Information about city services over Sukkos and Chol Hamoed (mostly none), but street cleaning and garbage removal will be increased.

And I saved the most interesting for last - kapparos. The City of Tel Aviv has announced that the slaughtering of chickens on Yom Kippur for kapparos will not be allowed. 
That seems to be a mistake, as we dont do kapparos or slaughter the chickens on Yom Kippur - we do it on erev Yom Kippur, and some do it earlier in the week leading up to Yom Kippur. But I do wonder what would happen legally if on Erev Yom Kippur someone did kapparos in the street, set up a booth or whatever, and maybe even shechted the chickens right there. The city would definitely try to put a stop to it, but would the person have a legal defense because it is not Yom Kippur?

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