(DAYTON DAILY NEWS) — This is a city where they take the Fourth Commandment seriously.
It’s a city where shopping malls close on Friday evening and don’t open again until 40 minutes after sunset on Saturday. A city where visitors need to double-check their guidebooks to see if the restaurant they read about will be open on Friday night. Where hot meals, orange juice-squeezing and even elevator-riding are matters of religion.
A city that comes to a semi-standstill for 24 hours.
Like Sundays in the United States that once were impacted by Christian-based “blue laws,” the pace of life in Jerusalem changes dramatically on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.