What did they achieve?

Matzav.com reports

The chief rabbis of Tzfas shlita, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and Rabbi Mordechai Bistritzky are working to close a pool operating in the holy city on Shabbos, “Tzfas Country”. As a result of the efforts of the rabbonim, calling on the tzibur not to use the pool because of its chilul Shabbos, more than a few members of the pool have cancelled their membership in protest.

In a local Tzfas newspaper the pool operator writes “I am alone, all alone in this battle. The few chilonim who remain in Tzfas are not taking part nor is the mayor. The chareidim are canceling their planned pool rental for groups. This has resulted in significant loss and the need to lay off workers. At moments of despair I ask myself why bother – who needs this when you can just close on Shabbos. However, when I return to clarity of mind I tell myself that I must continue and I mustn’t give them a victory. They won’t dictate to us how to live here”.

Pashkavilim are appearing on the streets informing residents that anyone supporting the pool is working against efforts to close it down on Shabbos. (The pashkavilim are not from the local rabbonim). “A bit more and we will succeed in closing the pool on Shabbos” reads the pashkavilim.

City Hall has released a statement regarding the effort to close the pool. “It is unfortunate that of late extremist chareidim are doing their utmost so that the upcoming local elections will surround a confrontation between the religious and secular”, BaKehilla reports.

Let’s analyse. Those who want to swim, will find an alternative. Swimming on Shabbos, isn’t the worst aveyrah in the world. It can be mitigated. Maybe it would be better to organise a Seudas Shabbos with Torah at a particular time knowing that the swimmer will attend? Recognise what you can achieve and what you can’t. Closing down their pool will make it much more likely that they won’t attend your Seudas Shabbos. You achive ZERO. Wake up Yidden!

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

8 thoughts on “What did they achieve?”

  1. if they will not Succeed to close the swimming pool Shabbat, the Rabbonim should issue a Psak that on Shabbat, people should swim naked, to avoid Chshash Schitah.


  2. The whole issue of mandating against Chilul Shabbos etc is a vexatious one.
    I for one believe that it is counterproductive, let us show the beauty of Shabbos and mitzvah observance in general; a little light illuminates the darkness
    Israel is going through a very unpleasant kulturkampf at the moment, we need cool heads and sensitive hearts


  3. Why does he davka want to stay open on Shabbos? He admits that “the few chilonim” in his area aren’t supporting him; wouldn’t he make even more money if he could close on Shabbos and still get all those bookings the rest of the week? From the few facts presented here, my sympathy is with the chareidim who are quietly voting with their money.


  4. Its not about the “Swimming pool” or Shabbos Kodesh, its all about power and Empire building, the chilonim are dwindling and the Chareidim are becoming the new majority. 50% of all students in grade one in Yisroel are now Chareidim.


    1. They are dwindling or assimilating and leaving? Woe is to us in Av
      Zu Torah? Zu Mechabdeho

      I take NO joy seeing someone ignorant about their past

      The Torah was not for Bat Cave Dwellers. That was Rashbi, V’lo Olso B’Yodom because that approach is for yechidim.


      1. (Slightly edited) Fact! the chilonim are not only dwindling, but their mental capacity is also becoming diminished. Noted academic and law professor Alan Dershowitz already predicted the disappearance of the “secular” Yid in his book “The Vanishing American Jew”. The un-affilated Yid is now an endangered species. The fact that they are only having on average 1.3 kids is good for Klal Yisroel, this is what is fueling Yair Lapids hatred against the Chareidische tzibbur, deep down Lapid (who inherited his anti-Torah from his father tommy lapid) knows he is inferior and his days are numbered.


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