Tiveria Mayor Ron Kobi is making good on campaign promises to push ahead with his secular agenda, including the opening of businesses on Shabbos R”L. This includes recent Shabbos street parties, which have led to at least one mehadrin-certified restaurant to give up his hechsher, preferring to open on Shabbos instead.
The Basel restaurant held a mehadrin certification from the Tiveria Rabbanut, but now, not wishing to miss the growing Shabbos trade, the restaurant will be turning in the kashrus certification to the Rabbinate, which does not permit him to remain kosher certified if opening on Shabbos.
Mayor Kobi has already announced it is time to end the Rabbinate’s monopoly over kashrus and marriage, calling to bring Rabbanei Tzohar into the city to replace the local rabbinate.
The city’s Chief Rabbi, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Tzvi Buchbut Shlita has been doing his best to preserve and increase Shabbos observance, but for now, he is fighting a very uphill battle with a determined adversary who seems to have placed chilul Shabbos at the top of his mayoral agenda.
Readers are reminded that during his election campaign, Kobi said “The chareidim comprise 22% of the city and they must not be permitted to reach 30%.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)