Chief Rabbi Lau: We must preserve sanctity of Shabbat in Israel

Chief Rabbi David Lau spoke out strongly on Thursday in defense of the sanctity of Shabbat in the public realm and the rights of people who do not wish to work on the Sabbath, saying that having convenience stores and leisure activities open for some comes at a cost for others who are forced to work as a result.

His comments come following a series of incidents and disputes which have grabbed national headlines in recent weeks over the issue of Sabbath observance in the state.

Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Lau addressed the recent tensions in Jerusalem following the declared intention of Mayor Nir Barkat’s administration to enforce the closure of convenience stores in the city center.


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