Shabbat in Tel Aviv and the death penalty for terrorists

There is a huge gap between the serious and important debates that Israeli civil society is having on these issues and the cynical and shallow way Israeli legislators brought them to parliament.

February 5, 2018 20:47
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AM:PM store in Israel

AM:PM store in Israel. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Paradoxical as it may sound, the moment I realized God exists was the first time I spent Shabbat in Tel Aviv. This past summer on a Friday afternoon, I drove to a friend’s house not far from Dizengoff Center. I consider myself a traditional Jew, though my Shabbat observance may not always meet the strictest standards.

But as someone who grew up in the religious community of Efrat and now a modern-day Jerusalemite, I couldn’t help but feel like an anthropologist among my own people. Shabbat in Tel Aviv felt like a scene out of Steven Spielberg’s film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” As I was cooking for Shabbat and setting up the hot plate, raising the temperature in the already humid and boiling-hot Middle Eastern city, we discovered that we were missing barbeque sauce. It was ten minutes before Shabbat; therefore, to me, it was a lost cause. My friend, however, said to head over to the local AM:PM to buy some.


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