R’ Avraham Rubinstein Receives Parking Ticket On Shabbos From Jewish Parking Inspector In Jerusalem


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)


  1. whats the problem
    you parked were you are not supposed to park you get a ticket
    if the writer of this article is so concerned about chillul schabbos , then don’t put someone in a position that he has to write a ticket on schabbos

  2. If you commit a crime, you do the time. There are no excuses and no one is above the law.

    The other issues are serious and must be addressed. A Jewish State does not desecrate Shabbos, As Rav Meir Kahane ZTZ”L used to say, “Israel is not a Jewish State but a State full of Jews!”

    The local municipality sets its own parking rules. Dina de’Malchusa Dina. You must obey the rules of your host city.

  3. This is one of the few articles that drew comments all of which are sensible. Even Kahane’s statement, as reported, is sensible. That’s special.

  4. The better question is why the deputy mayor of BB needs a publicly paid driver? The city has been pleading poverty for months over demands for increased teacher pay, cleaning up streets in large segments of the city and removal of anti-government graffiti from public buildings. Yet they have sufficient NIS to drive this guy around?? Has he ever heard of Uber or taking a bus (which stops almost directly in front of that hotel).

  5. I looked on facebook, this unmistakable Jewish last name “chalik” turned out to be a very common Arabic last name, and not unmistakable jew appeared. Look for yourself.