Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Judaism's Ups and Downs

I knew that being Jewish had its ups and downs, but the "ups" are about to become very painful if a new rabbinical ban on Sabbath elevators is allowed to stand. This Ha'aretz article points out that the ban has elicited much criticism from within the ultra Orthodox world. If the ban holds, it will create havoc among those living in high rises in Jerusalem and Manhattan. Jerusalem hotels could conceivably lose their kashrut certification for having such elevators. Being a stiff necked people wasn't supposed to also involve stiff backs. But on the bright side, Israel might well rival Kenya as the preeminent world marathon power by the 2012 London Olympics.

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