Rabbi Mordechai Halprin, who is in charge of the Meron Lag B’Omer event, announced the widespread chilul Shabbos seen in past years will not be tolerated this year. Rav Halprin is aware that Lag B’Omer begins on motzei Shabbos this year, contributing to the likelihood of massive chilul Shabbos involving many involved in the event as well as visitors.
He explains that in past years many began arriving on Shabbos afternoon, but this year, the area will be shut down until motzei Shabbos and Meron will remain closed on Shabbos so not one can come or go. He adds police and other agencies will not be involved in chilul Shabbos as in past years as well.
Rabbi Halprin promises groups, including one chassidus or another, will not be given rights to areas without a guarantee they will be for whatever arrangement are necessary to ensure Shmiras Shabbos including thousands of police troops who in the past began communicating with one another; resulting in massive chilul Shabbos. He remains committed that this year, these incidents will not occur at the expense of Shabbos.
Halprin adds that while in the past tens of thousands spent Shabbos in Meron, no areas will be allocated without absolute guarantees of Shmiras Shabbos, adding “We won’t have Tel Aviv here”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)