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Jerusalem - Tel Aviv Suburb Votes To Operate Public Transportation On Shabbat

Published on: July 10, 2019 04:28 PM
By: JTA
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Jerusalem - A Tel Aviv suburb has approved operating public transportation on Shabbat.

The City Council of Ramat Gan, a municipality in central Israel, approved the measure on Tuesday by a vote of 15-6.

In a harbinger of the religious freedom debate that will infuse the campaign for the September elections, Avigdor Liberman, head of the secular right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, applauded the decision and called on other municipalities to follow suit.

In Israel, buses and trains in general do not run in Jewish-majority cities on Friday night and Saturday before sundown as part of the “status quo,” a doctrine that regulates the public relationship between the religious and secular positions. It was reached between the haredi Orthodox community and David Ben-Gurion before the formation of the state.

A statement from the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party called the decision “a shameful and disgraceful move” that “ignor(es) the feelings of tens of thousands of religious residents of the city.” The party, headed by Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, vowed to “act in cooperation with lawyers and jurists to prevent implementation of the decision to harm the holy Shabbat and the status quo.”

According to the legislation, the city-sponsored transportation will include two routes that run to the beach and other recreation areas. The routes will avoid areas that would upset the Sabbath-observant community.

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Some private bus lines run through certain Israeli cities to allow non-Orthodox Jews to get to the beach and other places of entertainment.



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 Jul 10, 2019 at 06:05 PM Anonymous Says:

I think it is very important to note that the date they have chosen to start this horrific service is next Shabbos, 17th of Tammuz!

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 09:24 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

None of my business.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 10:00 PM judith Says:

If the haredim want to be respected and not drafted into the army, they will need to show some respect for the seculars who just want to lead their lives as they wish.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 02:27 AM Anonymous Says:

"The Jewish State". If only they wouldnt call themselves what the arent. They never were and neve will be. A despicable State.
Chilul Shabos is the core of a Jew. What a shande!

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
judith Says:

If the haredim want to be respected and not drafted into the army, they will need to show some respect for the seculars who just want to lead their lives as they wish.

I agree 100%; the holier than thou frummies on this site, can't seem to accept the fact, that not everyone is religious in Israel, or in the USA. Therefore, the secular population should have the option of public transportation, whenever they want.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 12:47 PM Anonymous Says:

“Holier than thou frummies”. Well I agree its a free nation but if you declare to the world that you’re the representative of the Jewish people, which is a farce, then you adhere to the Torah. U cant have the cake and eat it. Being Jewish is adhering to Yidishkeit or call yourself the “Republic of China or whatever”.
Being a supposedly Jewish State requires the core principles of Judaism and that is observing Shabbat.
Let the secular and for that matter the pride people have fun but woe who sins in the holy land. You get charged way more. But they dont believe in G d anyway.
The worst State of the UNJewish. How utterly sad!

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 04:02 PM Zvi Tusk Says:

רחמנא לצלן
THROUGHPUT OUR HISTORY, WE RECOGNISED THAT MORE THAN OUR KEEPING SHABBOS, SHABBOS KEEPS US!
I needed to scream out loud that we need to increase our Shabbos observance. We need to not desecrate the Holiness that shields and protects us from the evils of this world ; the beauty of the day that preserves and gives us meaningful lives; and separates our way of life from the craziness of the pleasure seekers who create false justifications and gods in order to live .
Hashem gave to us the gift of Shabbos. PLEASE DON'T SPIT ON IT!

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 05:23 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

“Holier than thou frummies”. Well I agree its a free nation but if you declare to the world that you’re the representative of the Jewish people, which is a farce, then you adhere to the Torah. U cant have the cake and eat it. Being Jewish is adhering to Yidishkeit or call yourself the “Republic of China or whatever”.
Being a supposedly Jewish State requires the core principles of Judaism and that is observing Shabbat.
Let the secular and for that matter the pride people have fun but woe who sins in the holy land. You get charged way more. But they dont believe in G d anyway.
The worst State of the UNJewish. How utterly sad!

The term which you used "Yiddishkeit", is a misnomer; the North African Jews, and many Sephardic Jews, both of whom are the majority in Israel (as opposed to European Jews), don't speak Yiddish. In fact, when Golda Meir in the early 1970's, stated "You're not a good Jew, unless you speak Yiddish", her office was picketed by North African Jews, with signs which read "Hey Golda, teach us Yiddish". You can't get through your head skull that Israel is a democratic state, and not a theocracy. Hence, citizens of Israel are free to be as religious, or as non-religious, as they so choose. The government of Israel is not going to be held hostage by the Hareidim, who throw rocks, assault women, spit at and assault the IDF, etc.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 10:57 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The term which you used "Yiddishkeit", is a misnomer; the North African Jews, and many Sephardic Jews, both of whom are the majority in Israel (as opposed to European Jews), don't speak Yiddish. In fact, when Golda Meir in the early 1970's, stated "You're not a good Jew, unless you speak Yiddish", her office was picketed by North African Jews, with signs which read "Hey Golda, teach us Yiddish". You can't get through your head skull that Israel is a democratic state, and not a theocracy. Hence, citizens of Israel are free to be as religious, or as non-religious, as they so choose. The government of Israel is not going to be held hostage by the Hareidim, who throw rocks, assault women, spit at and assault the IDF, etc.

Ur right. Its a free nation. Just say its China not the land of the Jews or for that matter they shldnt claim to represent Jews as theyre the furthest from Jews.
Chareidim that vote and are part of this heretical regime shld be ashamed of themselves. Israel is the lowest of the lowest land and unaffiliated with Judaism.
Now go and desecrate whatever u want. G d has His ways of reminding you that Hes in charge. Its not anyones call but His. just admit ur all in a Zionist filth

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