Shabbat is Meaningful to Everyone

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“Shabbat is Meaningful to Everyone”

by Rabbanit Devorah Evron 

Jerusalem Post Op-Ed –  18/1/2018

Devorah Evron
Photo credit: Rony Natan

Over the last few months, Shabbat has evolved from being the Day of Rest to being the focal point of a fiery verbal boxing match.

The concept of Shabbat in the Israeli public sphere has remained in the headlines, beginning with the railway work being done on Shabbat and including the recent struggle over the passage of the “minimarket law” (enabling the interior minister to override municipal bylaws which permitted stores to operate on Shabbat). The discourse has been marked by sectoral power struggles of one kind or another, with each party certain that the other ones are talking about a Shabbat vastly different than their own.

The secular camp is convinced that the religious see Shabbat solely from the perspective of what is permitted and forbidden, while the religious population is positive that secular Israelis view Shabbat as a time for shopping, partying, and freedom from any commitment, philosophical or ethical, to the day.

But both sides are wrong; Shabbat is meaningful to everyone…. Click to read the full article on the Jerusalem Post website

Rabbanit Devorah Evron is the director of OTS’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership
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