Festive shemtive, its still a commercial activity! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zev Davis
    • 26.05.13 | 12:50 (IDT)

    The idea of forbidding the transfer of money, or sales, or any other actions is meant to place the emphasis on matters of the spirit, in contradistinction to an emphasis on the material. By it's nature, at some point it will result in something acrimonous as it does during the weekday. Something will happen that will cause unnecessary discomfort, or our "neighbors" may find another venue to create an "incident" that none of us want to happen. If, in the past, on Shabbat we walked in the park, even found a place to smoke a cigarette and pack a lunch that is "not kosher", it was beinenu latzmeinu. Now we are M'Hallelei Shabbat b'farhesia, as it we thought we knew better. For one, this is yet another proof that the Haredim do not coerrce us to observe the Shabbat k'Halacha. In spite of the what the Ultra-Secullarists try to prove. Two, like all activities that are based on material interests, buying and selling, all the stuff that can happen that can be painful, as much as it can be pleasureable will occur. One wishes that "live and let live" in this instance will be peaceful, but, given that "stuff happens" when we least expect it to, All we can do when something unforturnate happens is to say "it's too bad".

    from the article: In Jerusalem, celebrating the desecration of the Sabbath
    First published 08:59 26.05.13 | Last updated 08:41 26.05.13
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