In some chareidi yeshivos it has been noticed that Shabbos is far emptier than expected as a growing number of Bnei Torah are heading to yishuvim for Shabbos.
It is reported that many talmidei yeshivos enjoy visiting religious yishuvim for Shabbos to experience the ‘life of settlers’ and get a look at Shabbos on yishuv. One favorite venue is Hebron, the holy city, permitting bnei Torah to be mispallel in the Ma’aras HaMachpelah and meet with personalities including Baruch Marzel.
It is reported the trend, which has been ongoing for years, is increasing in popularity as more Bnei Torah are spending Shabbos in one Yishuv or another throughout Yehuda and Shomron, some for the experience and others, simply to argue the pro and cons of living over the Green Line with local residents.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)