Some very good points - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zewb
    • 11.08.11 | 08:04 (IDT)

    Neri Livneh is making some very good points in this article and this is coming from me, a liberal thinker but "modern orthodox". Just as Anshel Pfeffer pointed out, Tisha beAv has lost most of its significance today. Moreover, as a firm believer in separation between religion and state, I don't think the country should shut down by force on Tisha beAv. Tu beAv has definitely turned into a commercial event, but that is fine because on Tu beAv, people have a choice. Just one last small correction; I believe the restaurant in question was opened up especially for Teddy Kollek and it would otherwise have been closed in compliance with the law. This was what caused the brouhaha at the time.

    from the article: When did Tisha B'Av become a national fast day?
    First published 02:14 11.08.11 | Last updated 02:14 11.08.11
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