The traditional Jewish holy day of rest, Shabbat, is facing competition from secular shops, movie theaters, restaurants, pubs and clubs around Israel seeking Saturday business. On average, about 40% of their weekly sales currently come from hundreds of thousands of Sabbath customers. And the economic growth is ubiquitous.
Reminiscent of the days of "blue laws" in America, when shopping on Sundays was taboo, many Israelis are now questioning why Saturdays should be different than any other day.
Interesting article about observing the Sabbath in Israel.
The haredim, a small but politically influential ultra-Orthodox community, points to biblical commands about observing the Sabbath. Strange, my Bible doesn't mention anything about inspectors going around issuing $200 citations.