Jerusalem Meals on Shabbat

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Jerusalem Meals on Shabbat

Postby Jaicky T » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:25 am


Are you aware of any kosher restaurants that do prepaid meals on Shabbat?

Do you have any comments on the meals at the Inbal or Plaza? I had heard the Plaza food has gone downhill.

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Re: Jerusalem Meals on Shabbat

Postby Daniel Rogov » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:37 am

Yaakov, Hi....

Unlike many places in the United States where kashrut certificates are granted entirely on the basis of the foods prepared and served, with very rare expcetions (a few restaurants in the Galilee), kosher restaurants in Israel are not even allowed to open their doors on the sabbath. In fact, they are required to close their doors a minimum of one hour before the onset of the sabbath and then to re-open only after the sabbath is officially open.

Because of the needs of visiting tourists staying at hotels who cannot prepare meals at home, hotels are allowed to serve meals on the sabbath but all of the food must be prepared before the onset of the sabbath. With this in mind, breakfast and lunch are served on Saturdays but those are mostly of cold buffets and, if the truth be told, there is not a single kosher hotel that offers food of a quality high enough to attract me on the sabbath. I suppose if I did have to dine in one of those restaurants I would stick rather carefully to the hard boiled eggs.

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Re: Jerusalem Meals on Shabbat

Postby Charlie Dawg » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:04 pm

Sheraton hotel I believe has prepaid meals, and actually some other so called kosher hotels too. You may want to check it.
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