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    The ignorance of the chametz law


    MK Tamar Zandberg announced during Passover that she intends to submit a bill to replace the so-called "Chametz law," which prohibits the public display of foods and beverages whose consumption is forbidden during the week-long holiday.

    The subject of chametz during Passover is an expression of this imbalance: a properly run country would not allow this state of affairs to continue.

    Just as a state cannot force its citizens who believe in the laws of kashrut to eat chametz on Passover, or force vegetarians to eat meat, it must not interfere with the plates and stomachs of citizens who are not religiously observant.

    The absurd part of this annual ritual is the trick of "Selling your chametz to a non-Jew" - a deluxe edition of the self-deception known as "Shabbas goy." This includes sending Druze inspectors to businesses and places of entertainment on the Sabbath, in order to make sure no Jews are desecrating the weekly day of rest.

    Like the text overlay "Recorded on a weekday" accompanying television programs that are broadcast on Shabbat, the sale of chametz for a period of one week - after which it is bought back - is a make-believe workaround for a religious law, or tradition, carried out with a conspiratorial wink.

    Much less amusing are the enforcement measures documented over the past week: chametz inspectors examining the bags of visitors to public institutions, such as hospitals.

    The phenomenon of the "Chametz chase" reflects Israel's sliding down the steep slope of a religious state that interferes in the lives of its citizens to an unbearable degree.





    Source: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.783933?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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