Photo: Rafael Marchante / Reuters
The holding of Eurovision in tel Aviv desecrates a sacred for the Jews the Sabbath day. This statement was made by the Orthodox rabbis of Israel, reports The Times of Israel.
Despite the fact that the finals will start after sunset on Saturday, rehearsal and preparation for it will start in the morning — thus, some Jews in that day will have to work that is strictly forbidden by religious rules.
The event was going to “desecrate the Holy Shabbat in public and defiant way,” said the letter, signed by religious leaders Chaim Kanevsky and Gershon Edelstein.
The rabbis also said that such desecration is a threat to the stay of the Jews in the Holy Land. They called on the faithful to gather on Friday in the synagogues and to offer mass prayers for forgiveness and divine protection.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the statement of the clergy reacted to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He stressed that the government was not going to contribute to the desecration of the Sabbath, and that “Eurovision”— an international competition, so most of its members are foreigners.
It is reported that initially the competition was scheduled to take place in Jerusalem, but he decided to move to tel Aviv for religious reasons.
“Eurovision-2019” will be held from 14 to 18 may in tel Aviv. Russia at competition is represented by Sergey Lazarev. He will present his composition the Scream in the second semifinal on may 16. The final will take place on may 18.
Religious precepts in Judaism require complete refusal to work from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. On this day the believers go to synagogue and observe other traditional rituals.
Video, photo All from Russia.