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Egged Buses Reportedly Stop Counting the Omer

The U.S. concept of separation of church and state means separating Jews from Judaism in Israel.
Egged bus digital sign shows the correct Counting of the Omer for Sunday. Don't get confused. Today, Monday, is the 13th day.

Egged bus digital sign shows the correct Counting of the Omer for Sunday. Don't get confused. Today, Monday, is the 13th day.

The “Counting of the Omer, the custom practiced for 49 days between Passover and Shavout, may have ended after less than two weeks on Israeli Egged buses after complaints by passengers, including one who carries an anti-Haredi axe.

Many buses have carried digital signs showing passengers the correct day of the counting of the Omer, a measure of grain.

That sounds like a cute idea that shouldn’t be considered “religious coercion,” no more than it is “secular coercion” with advertising of products with scantily-clad women on posters on buses.

The digital signs that not only show the location of the next bus stop but also display  the correct day for Counting the Omer, which was considered “irrelevant information” by passenger Idan Yosef, who posted his complaint on a Hebrew news website.

He claimed that information on the buses must be for all passengers and not just those who count the Omer. Egged reportedly has stopped reporting the Counting of the Omer, but the company has not confirmed or denied the report.

Yosef’s complaint included a nasty swipe at Haredim who do not recognize Independence Day. He wrote that it is all right if a digital sign states “Happy Holiday” on Yom HaAtzmaut on buses that travel through Haredi neighborhoods.

That kind of “coercion” is okay.

In other words, separation of synagogue and state is valid so long as it can be manipulated for one’s personal agenda.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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10 Responses to “Egged Buses Reportedly Stop Counting the Omer”

  1. U.S.! Get a life. Solve your own problems! Leave Israel be, we will handle our problems ourselves.

  2. Sooner or later Israel must learn it is not the US, then the US will know it. Israel is not a US state. One day our fair weather friends will call in Israel’s debt whether it be the US, its government, its money, its tourists and ‘pilgrims’ or its culture.The US rents to own.

  3. Yori Mendel says:

    If the stopped, shame on them for giving in to pressure.

  4. Gene Strong says:

    Separation.of.church.and state will.not work in Israel

  5. This is not in the constitution separation of church and state !

  6. Americas concept of seperation of church and state means to seperate any who loves God from that love. Christian and Jew alike. The love of the devil (the muslim faith) is the only acceptable faith to express sadly.

  7. Jennifer Moe says:

    Admin acts like Israel owes this country! She owes nothing to this country and Israel must do what is best for them!

  8. We will solve our own problems if you let us borrow your president! And I’m SURE Israel can and will handle their own problems-SUCCESSFUULLY!

  9. The separation of church and state was to prevent the church leaders from monopolizing leadership (see history and catholicism) and the government from dictating religion.

  10. Ita Benjamin says:

    The US has nothing to do with this incident. What a misleading headline! All western nations seem to encourage political correctness run amok, Israel is no exception.

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