Culture: Shabbat home away from home

The inaugural Shabbat Babayit episode is called Tish Bishvat, referencing the custom of the hassidic tish festive gathering custom.

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January 11, 2018 12:31
Jazz reedman Daniel Zamir will feature in the Purim Tish event on February 24

Jazz reedman Daniel Zamir will feature in the Purim Tish event on February 24. (photo credit: IDO IZSAK)

 
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Over the years, inroads have been made on the official Shabbat observance front in Jerusalem, with the city as a whole taking a gradually more liberal approach towards the Lord’s Rest Day and the running of commercial and other enterprises. The First Station hustles and bustles on Saturdays and, in addition to the expected convenience stores, a number of cafes and other eateries have taken to opening their doors on Shabbat.

Even so, the recent announcement that Beit Avi Chai is to run cultural offerings on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons is definitely in the jaw-dropping bombshell league. Ask most Jerusalemites on the street, with any knowledge of the city’s cultural-entertainment scene, and they’d probably say that the capital’s esteemed bastion of Jewish culture would be the last institution they would expect to push the Shabbat activity boat out.

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