Monday, March 09, 2015

Israel's Rabbinate Loosens Religious Constraints On Hotels

In Israel, the chief rabbinate, under pressure from the organization Hiddush that promotes freedom of religion, has lifted a number of non-food related requirements that were in the past imposed on hotels in order for them to have their food and restaurants certified as kosher.  Haaretz reports that the Chief Rabbinate announced last Thursday that it has suspended former requirements that prohibited hotels from displaying Christmas trees, that prohibited Jewish employees from accepting money on the Sabbath and barred filming events on hotel premises on the Sabbath.