Jerusalem Municipal Court Justice Tamar Bar Asher-Tzaban has issued a ruling dismissing cases against four restaurant owners who violated the Passover Law, prohibiting the sale of bread and other leavened products on Pesach (Passover).
Despite the law prohibiting the sale of chametz in public places, the justice in her unique interpretation of the law stated that since a store is a closed confined area, and the public does not see inside when walking past, the law does not apply.
The state argued that Jerusalem, the nation’s capital, has a special status and the majority of its residents are Sabbath-observant, calling on the court to exhibit an understanding for the religious sensibilities of the status of the city.
The defense argued that bread is seen during the holiday anyway, citing this is the case in Arab areas. The court stated that the law addresses displaying bread during Pesach, not the issue of eating, emphasizing that the stores do not classify as “public” and the controversial items are not “displayed”.
In an ironic note, the court’s decision comes on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Nissan, as the nation begins Pesach preparations.
As a result of the court ruling, chametz may be sold in Yerushalayim this Pesach.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)