Haredim Losing Shabbat Wars as 7-day Shopping Spots Proliferate Across Israel

When the Haredim go to battle for their turf – for example, to get streets closed on Shabbat, along with budgets and educational autonomy – they generally succeed. Secular turf is another story.

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In Ashdod there’s an ultra-Orthodox guy name Meir Cohen who in the past year starred in a few viral videos, earning himself the name “Shabbat Hayom.” (“Today is the Sabbath.”)