As debate continues surrounding the Shabbos Bill, which is being pushed by chareidi parties, MK Yisrael Eichler on Thursday, 10 Teves spoke out strongly during a debate on the bill in the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee. He explained US Jewry is proof, explaining the widespread assimilation is R”L the result of working on Shabbos.
The bill is in committee, being prepared for its final votes. If passed into law, it will give the Interior Minister authority to supersede local authorities and compel the closure of stores on Shabbos, even if these cities amended their bylaws to permit opening on Shabbos.
Eichler told committee members that following the Holocaust, “Six million Jews lost their connection to Yiddishkheit as a result of having to work on Shabbos”. He quoted the late President Chaim Herzog, who referred to it as the “Silent Holocaust”.
He warned the current trend will lead to additional catastrophe as he feels with the exception of persons who are Shomer Shabbos, most of today’s children will be lost.
He called on committee members not to follow and to refrain from compelling Israelis to work on Shabbos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)