Sinai Says: Soccer-on-Shabbat can of worms weaves through Israeli bureaucracy

It all began with what seemed like an innocuous appeal to the Tel Aviv Labor Court.

A group of players from Israel’s second soccer division, the National League, chose to challenge the decision to hold every weekend’s main match on Saturday afternoon as it violates their right not to play on Shabbat.

Soccer has been played in the country on the Jewish day of rest since the foundation of the Jewish state and countless appeals to change that tradition have been overlooked down the decades.


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