The Secretary of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah and the Deputy Mayor of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein, spent this past Shabbos as a guest of the volunteer organization known as Hatzalah Gush Dan at the Leonardo hotel in Jerusalem. Over the course of Shabbos, Rabbi Rubinstein received a parking ticket from what appears to be a Jewish parking inspector.
When Rabbi Rubinstein arrived at the hotel, the parking lot was already full, therefore, his driver parked his city-owned car near the hotel on King George Street, in an area in which there was no disturbance to the flow of traffic, and was earmarked for parking for a public transportation vehicle. The driver assumed that tickets are not given out in the capital for such offenses on Shabbos.
Much to his surprise, Rabbi Rubinstein found a ticket on the windshield of his car at the end of Shabbat that was written at 9:53 a.m. earlier that day. According to those close to the Rabbi, the inspector had an unmistakably Jewish name.
“This is a drastic change in the policy of the city government of Jerusalem, to employ Jewish parking inspectors around the city on Shabbos, in areas where there is not even a disturbance to the traffic.”
The name of the parking inspector on the ticket read A. Chalik.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)