Sabbatical lions and elephants

For years, Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo has been an oasis of respectful coexistence among all the different communities in the city – religious, haredim, Jews and Arabs alike – all aimed at adults and children alike enjoying this wonderful place.

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May 18, 2017 22:40
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Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

The winds of extremism have even reached the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 
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Believe it or not, the next stop on the long and winding road of frictions between Jerusalem’s haredi and lay leadership is on observing Shabbat at the Biblical Zoo. Not that the lions, the elephants and the hippos are requested as of now to respect the halachic boundaries of Shabbat (although no one can tell if that will not come one day), but the issue is to avoid any Shabbat desecration there.

For years, Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo has been an oasis of respectful coexistence among all the different communities in the city – religious, haredim, Jews and Arabs alike – all aimed at adults and children alike enjoying this wonderful place.

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