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Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita on erev Shabbos parshas Vayeira visited Machane Yehuda to remind store owners to close on time to avoid chilul Shabbos since Shabbos begins earlier during the months of standard time. The rabbi joined the Eida Chareidis activists who visit the shuk weekly and encourage stores to close in time for Shabbos.
Rabbi Stern was asked by dozens of shuk merchants for a bracha and he happily accommodated their requests. The rav also gave his bracha to the Eida Chareidis activists who are out in the shuk every erev Shabbos.
The rabbi explained that many storeowners are confused as the country shifted back to standard time last week and the reminder that Shabbos began at 4:15 PM in Yerushalayim this past Shabbos came as a surprise to many.
Rabbi Stern reports “To my delight, many store owners hurried to close their stores even without me saying anything and I am certain that HKBH sees this and boasts of his beloved sons”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)