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Israel: 'Shabbat restaurant' petitions to receive kosher certification

Will restaurant open on Shabbat be certified kosher?

June 30, 2019 from the Arutz 7:

"The Chief Rabbinical Council recently summoned the owners of the Bab Al-Yaman restaurant, Yehonatan Wadai, for a hearing on the appeal filed following the Rabbinate's refusal to grant the restaurant a kashrut certificate."

"A few weeks ago, a petition was submitted to the Supreme Court by the Ne'emanei Torah v'Avoda movement, on behalf of Wadai, in which the rabbinate was asked to explain why it will not issue a kashrut certification for a restaurant that is open on Saturdays without desecration of the Shabbat."

"Today the restaurant serves kosher food and opens its doors on Shabbat, as stated, without desecrating Shabbat. The food is prepared in advance and heated on Shabbat plates and the payment is made before or after Shabbat, just as is done in hotels in Israel and in many kosher restaurants around the world."

"Tani Frank, Head of Religion and State in the Ne'emanei Torah v'Avodah movement, who submitted the petition together with Wadai, noted that 'the rabbinate should have an interest in strengthening restaurants that do not violate Shabbat and serve kosher food. This strengthens local small businesses, and we very much hope that the rabbis will work to bring the hearts closer together, examine the matter impartially, and allow Bab Al-Yaman and other restaurants to open their gates on Shabbat - without desecration of the Shabbat.'"


Israel: 'Shabbat restaurant' petitions to receive kosher certification

June 4, 2019 from the JPost:

"Yehonatan Vadai, who owns Bab al-Yemen, argues in his petition, that a restaurant like his is no different than a hotel where people pay before and are still able to receive kosher food."

"A Yemenite restaurant petitioned the Chief Rabbinate, the Jerusalem Religious Council and the Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem on Monday to be certified as kosher and open on Shabbat."

"Bab al-Yemen – the “Gate to Yemen” – is part of a new Jerusalem trend where you can eat in a restaurant atmosphere on Shabbat, but all of the food and drinks are prepared according to Shabbat laws. Furthermore, the customer does not have to pay on Shabbat and can either prepay or pay after."

"The restaurateur argues that a restaurant like his is no different than a hotel, where people pay beforehand and are still able to receive kosher food prepared according to Jewish law with no issue."

"he petition refers to the same model Chabad uses worldwide to help Jewish travelers receive kosher meals."

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