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July 03, 2013

In Response To Decades Of Haredi Extremist Behavior, The Israel Electric Corporation Goes “Kosher”

Light_Bulb_ImageAfter years of dispute that made its way to the courts, the Israel Electric Corporation has decided to fully automate its power stations in the haredi city of Bnei Brak and only use non-Jewish employees on the Jewish day of rest – even though most haredim do not think it needs to be done.

 

In Response To Decades Of Haredi Extremist Behavior, The Israel Electric Corporation Goes “Kosher”
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

After years of dispute that made its way to the courts, the Israel Electric Corporation has decided to fully automate its power stations in the haredi city of Bnei Brak and only use non-Jewish employees on the Jewish day of rest – even though most haredim do not think it needs to be done.

The changes, which will be made under the supervision of the Scientific-Technological Halacha Institute, will cost the IEC $137,000, Ynet reported.

For decades, many haredim following the strictest understanding of halakha (Jewish law) have refrained from using IEC power on Shabbat. Instead, they paid each week to connect to private generators that are loud, disruptive and polluting.

Most haredim in Bnei Brak use IEC power on Shabbat, as do haredim, Modern Orthodox and Zionist Orthodox Jews throughout the country.

Bnei Brak haredim who use IEC’s power on Shabbat sued the generator operators years ago, claiming that the operators were encouraging and then using strict rulings by a few haredi rabbis in order to use those rulings to make a quick buck.

The case is still in court.

And now the IEC is spending taxpayer money to, in effect, make the generators unnecessary.

Even so, it is possible and even likely that some haredim will consider the generators to be more “kosher” than the IEC’s “kosher” power, and will keep using them anyway.

There is also a fear that because the new system will allow the IEC to operate with fewer workers on Shabbat, it will use that system to operate with fewer workers on weekdays, as well – costing some workers their jobs.

The IEC, however, reportedly views its switch to “kosher” power as its mission as a state-owned company seeking to heal disputes in Israeli society.

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Not good enough! The power should be glatt kosher. You must examine the insides of the turbines for any contamination.

I don't understand what basis anybody has to sue the generator operators - no one is forced to use a generator.
In addition, I think that if the IEC could get by with less workers during the week as well, this is not a danger, rather an advantage. Its purpose is to supply electricity, not to supply jobs.

in all due respect to shabbat and people who keep it...
i wish these people in bnai brak made a point about
child/young adult sex abuse by rabbis and others in their community as loudly as they did for the electricity.
that would have been nice.
i don't understand.

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I don't understand what basis anybody has to sue the generator operators - no one is forced to use a generator.
In addition, I think that if the IEC could get by with less workers during the week as well, this is not a danger, rather an advantage. Its purpose is to supply electricity, not to supply jobs.

Posted by: David Zalkin | July 03, 2013 at 10:25 AM "

Let me guess. In yeshiva, your rabbis told you that you're smart.

The problem is, you're not.

1. The problems with the generators – noted clearly in the article – are a) noise and b) pollution.

2. If the IEC's mission includes "healing rifts in Israeli society," it would also seem to include not making people jobless to do it.

I hope your rosh yeshiva is proud of you.

ruthie --The people you are talking about are not human beings,real humans would go to the ends of the world to punish molesters no not theese misfits, they only care about things that are tottal nonsense like who minds the electric company on shabbas,they theese hassidim are a curse on decent yiddin who are put toghether with theese animals.

Shmarya:
I would hope that you could answer questions without insulting....
You wrote "1. The problems with the generators – noted clearly in the article – are a) noise and b) pollution."
Unfortunately, I didn't check out the original article - you didn't mention this point.

I don't think that the IEC's job is to give people unnecessary jobs, especially when I have to pay for them.

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Shmarya:
I would hope that you could answer questions without insulting....
You wrote "1. The problems with the generators – noted clearly in the article – are a) noise and b) pollution."
Unfortunately, I didn't check out the original article - you didn't mention this point.

I don't think that the IEC's job is to give people unnecessary jobs, especially when I have to pay for them.

Posted by: David Zalkin | July 03, 2013 at 10:49 AM "

You deserve every insult, and more.

I wrote in my article: "For decades, many haredim following the strictest understanding of halakha (Jewish law) have refrained from using IEC power on Shabbat. Instead, they paid each week to connect to private generators that are loud, disruptive and polluting."

Past that, you seem to think that its okay for the IEC to spend money to appease extremist haredim, but not to keep current employees employed. You'll be hard-pressed to find a halakhic source to support that contention.

You are a disgrace.

About time! Israel society changes slowly. Maybe we'll see some more.

Oh, don't dispose of home Shabbos generators so quickly! You'll need them for interruptions in electrical service during the year.

Benei Brak follows in accordance with the psokim of the chazon ish being that he was the first and foremost Rov of bnei Brak nothing to do with extra stringencies just simply filling their Rov. FYI they follow his leinent halochos as well.
As a side note no they have no responsibility to keeping jobs that's not what they are for bit yea they do have a responsibly to best serve the community with their product and their product only. It's amazing how you'll skew words and ideas to somehow try to get your warped thinking across and it's so unnecessary because all the shmucks that follow you will follow you regardless of how dumb your point of view is

Benei Brak follows in accordance with the psokim of the chazon ish being that he was the first and foremost Rov of bnei Brak nothing to do with extra stringencies just simply filling their Rov. FYI they follow his leinent halochos as well.
As a side note no they have no responsibility to keeping jobs that's not what they are for bit yea they do have a responsibly to best serve the community with their product and their product only. It's amazing how you'll skew words and ideas to somehow try to get your warped thinking across and it's so unnecessary because all the shmucks that follow you will follow you regardless of how dumb your point of view is

voice of truth,

where is everyone when a child or young adult is abused???
is this not part of following with accordance...to protect a child???
are you stupid or evil??

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