Yerushalayim – The Vaad Mishmeres Shabbos in Ashdod is urging chareidi residents of the city to only use taxis whose vehicles display the Shomer Shabbos sticker in an effort to support those companies which do not contribute to chilul Shabbos in the city. The rabbonim also urge drivers working for those firms to cease driving people privately on Shabbos, outside the company framework, obviously referring to non-frum drivers employed by a shomer Shabbos firm.
In the chareidi areas, there are three shomer Shabbos taxi companies and the vaad urges residents to only use one of the three.
The Vaad Mishmeres Shabbos works to bring the Shabbos to all, trying to spread the message to those who do not know, especially the many residents who immigrated from the FSU, many lacking even the most fundamental knowledge of yiddishkeit.
Avreichim make the rounds on erev Shabbos, urging store owners to close and honor the day, with the vaad publicizing lists of shomer Shabbos businesses, advocating the frum community support those shops which honor the Shabbos.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)