Orthodox and secular Jews fight over shaping Jerusalem’s character

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In overwhelmingly Jewish West Jerusalem half the residents are ultra-Orthodox, the other half range from modern-Orthodox to secular. Photo courtesy Michele Chabin

In overwhelmingly Jewish West Jerusalem half the residents are ultra-Orthodox, the other half range from modern-Orthodox to secular. Photo courtesy Michele Chabin

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JERUSALEM – Haredi Jews, who hold more than a third of the city council seats and wield strong political clout in its coalition government, say being open on the Sabbath destroys the sanctity of the day of rest.

  • Reuben Hart

    Why not let G-d decide. He’ll go for the orthodox view if it’s Jerusalem. If you want secular move to Tel Aviv or Haifa. But Jerusalem should observe the sabbath.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    This Judaic-Christian says that Judaism is a religion because of Shabbat and monotheism. Jerusalem (at least) should observe Shabbat, whether observant or not.
    In the U.S., most stores were closed on Sunday (some still are) and most government offices are still closed on Saturday and Sunday!
    You will not lose business for just one 24 hour period.

  • These discussions will not go away. They will never be completely resolved until Yeshua returns and reigns from Jerusalem. Then there will be no further discussion. Everyone will know what to do. That day seems to approaching quickly, but G-d only knows exactly when. For now, we just need to be sure that we are clean before G-d. That we are obedient to Him by believing on Yeshua, who is the Lamb of G-d that takes away our sins. Receive Him as Savior and Lord. Turn away from sin and doctrines of men. Abide in Him and walk in the power and direction of His Holy Spirit. Then you will know the peace of G-d that passes all understanding. Shalom

  • Fran

    “Heavenly Jerusalem” will soon be ruling over mankind on earth (Hebrews 12:22; Rev. 21:2, 10). Yeshua, the son of Yahweh, the only true God (Psalm 83:18) referred to his kingdom as a heavenly government (Matthew 4:17). He further stated his kingdom was no part of this world (John 18:36), confirming that fact.

    The glorious rule by Yeshua will soon bring grand blessings to man on earth after all wicked ones are done away with (Psalm 37:10,11; Isaiah 11:1-9; Rev. 21:3,4).

    Yahweh’s will shall finally be done, as in heaven, also upon earth, when that heavenly government finally comes and his son, Yeshua, fully exercises his rule as King upon man on earth (Matt. 6:10; Daniel 2:44).

  • GTO

    Shopkeepers and entertainment venues want to stay open on Shabbat, because they get so much business. Note that this shopkeeper gets 1/3 of his entire week’s business on Shabbat. The people have control over this. Don’t shop on the Sabbath. Don’t go see movies on the Sabbath. Then there will be no reason for these venues to stay open. Even secular Jews can respect the Sabbath. There are six other days to go shopping and see movies, watch sports.

  • Bernardo

    Why do we bother with these “news” items as there are only 14 million members of Judaism on the globe these days.

    Christianity ……………………..2.1 billion

    Islam…………………………… 1.5 billion

    Irreligious/agnostic/atheism…… 1.1 billion

    Hinduism 900 million
    Chinese traditional religion 394 million
    Buddhism 376 million
    Animist religions 300 million
    African traditional/diasporic religions 100 million
    Sikhism 23 million
    Juche 19 million
    Spiritism 15 million

    Judaism…………………………………….. 14 million

    Baha’i 7 million
    Jainism 4.2 million
    Shinto 4 million
    Cao Dai 4 million
    Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
    Tenrikyo 2 million
    Neo-Paganism 1 million
    Unitarian Universalism 800,000
    Rastafari Movement 600,000

  • Bernardo, what is your point? Where do you suppose Christianity comes from? How about Abraham’s other son, Ishmael, do you have any idea who he was? Your post shows that you have no idea of the importance of Jerusalem, and Israel, and the Jewish people. You may want to read a BIble before writing any other posts. Yeshua/Jesus is the promised Messiah born of Israel. Jesus was Jewish. The Savior of the world is Jewish. All who come to G-d for forgiveness of sins must come through Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the only provision that G-d has given mankind. All roads lead to Jerusalem, indeed.

  • Larry

    Because God doesn’t vote in the Jerusalem city council.

    There comes a point where religious concerns have to give way to civil ones in a democratic society. The compulsion to force others to abide by one’s religious belief is not tolerable in a free and open society. If the government of the city of Jerusalem values democratic principles, it has to rein in the theocratic efforts of the ultra-orthodox.

    Why should the interests of shop owners, secular Jews and people of other faiths living in the city be ignored here? Where is their representation here?

  • Bernardo


    Now for some added history:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. (prob·a·bly
    Adverb: Almost certainly; as far as one knows or can tell).

    The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation. ”

    And passages from John’s gospel? Said gospel is historically nil !!!