Post 31: Cutting down on time in the kitchen so you can experience a Shabat outdoors with the Tzibur. Jen Hoy’s recipe for macrobiotic veggie burgers takes a bit of time, but the end result is well worth it. In a pinch, substitute organic canned beans for fresh cooked, and Try making these with a variety of chopped vegetables, and herbs, such as black bean with corn, or white bean with mushrooms and rosemary

Shavua Tov Kulam,

Many voices are yelling that Jerusalem needs a Pluralistic  Shabat.

Have you ever heard of someone walking away from a Shabat table and say to himself, “I just had dessert, sang Zmirot, and now I need to have a pluralistic Shabat tomorrow? ” Jerusalem is the only place in the world where Holiness is the order of business on Shabat.  Is Shabat about getting a cup of coffee?

I was at the Kabalat Shabat a week ago this past Friday night, November 7th, on the street along with about 150 people, mostly Dati men.  I understand that the scene was repeated this past Eruv Shabat and probably will continue. Were you there? The service was so full of light. There were not many women present. I was wearing a bright blue leather jacket and a granny square hat and vest. If you were there please write to me of your impressions of the Kabalat Shabat. Please send this blog on to anyone you saw. I would like to hear their impressions. Spread the word. I don’t think this show of unity will be in any of the newspapers.

 Maybe we will see more  Secular, New Age, Modern Orthodox, Reform, North Africans etc. in the future on the corner: a celestial Jerusalem for Kabbalat Shabat every Friday, shouting at the end with Rav Steiner, in jubilation, “Shabat”. This week we saw many Chassidum quietly davening Kabalat Shabat on the corner. You have to ask, “Why do they see the essence while others do not?”

So many Rabbis and representatives were present. Each gave the Tzibur center stage.

So my memories of this night as the nights of this past summer remind me of the wonders of the Jewish people.

After this summer’s stomach turning days and nights, Israeli Jews want a Shabat that sings out, that yearns for peace. 

In the big cities, we see offered attempts at more open, inclusive experiences.

Jerusalem is home to us. Every Israelis must feel that there is a place in Judaism that feels like home to him. Unfortunately, a restaurant and bar have become home to him. The people in the restaurant beyond the music just had a small taste of the unity of Shabat, and I don’t want it to be their last.

Did you join the y’gool with Naavah? We talked about the beauty of Shabat.

We all described the feeling that Shabat is our place. Shabat means preserving the sanctity of our lives and homes.

 Several representatives of the divided City Council were present. Naavah lives for the past 20 years in her apartment above the restaurant. She addressed her remarks to them. She and Odad Levinson, who lives with his family in the courtyard facing the corner restaurant, have invested their resources to bring the case to court, to try to reach a compromise with the restaurant and enforce the Shabat closure law or to some remnants of it.

Many other people in the y’gool complained that they called the city’s complaint number and also wrote complaints, Naavah has called 106 several times  a day over the course of months to complain about the loud music during the summer and crowding on the street and destruction of the peace of Shabat. I wrote a complaint to 106 and I think that we should continue to do so. I encourage you to include in your complaint that many people from the restaurant invade the space of the group that was praying by laughingly taking photos at their expense.

The police did not attempt to stop them. Instead, he police asked our little group to move, but we stayed seated.

I spoke with the restaurant owner and his cronies.

I believe there was a court decision which suggested a compromise. I have not seen the nitty – gritty the kishkes of the decision. It is the opinion of the restaurant owner think that he is permitted to set up tables on the street as far as he likes, up to the little button running down the middle of the midrachove.  Like the Marginous Line. He feels that the court vindicated his position as he has past all inspections. The owner pointed to the datim davening and he said, “They have their agenda and I have my agenda neged them”. “My restaurant patrons our quiet”.

He is admittedly against dati. The patrons want an “Open City” where they can have a variety of restaurants to visit on Shabat. When I raised the issue that the law forbids opening on Shabat he and others were adamant that the Mayor decides whether the law will be enforced. I asked the owner exactly how much profit he makes and could he run the business and also be closed on Shabat? He replied that he makes profit.  And he will be protected by  the police. (My comment).

They foolishly make Shabat very small, when it is the biggest part of our life. They make themselves small when they try to turn Shabat into a big joke.

 I engaged several patrons in conversation. I opened by remarking, “We both can agree on Freedom of Expression” pointing to the men praying. The fellow agreed wholeheartedly. Then I said, “When it comes down to dollars and cents, religion doesn’t matter.”

A young women in the group claimed to be a lawyer. She repeated that the mayor decides the policy and the restaurant is open and  OK.

Then I replied to the group of about 10 of the patrons. “My mother used to say that if you don’t want to smell don’t eat onions.” At that they all laughed. I was incensed by their brazenness. I said, “The Mayor and his agents are a bunch of ganovim. I pay my taxes to enforce the law. They are stealing from our tax money, putting salaries in their pockets and doing nothing”.  They didn’t reply.

It’s sickening. Before Olmhert was mayor, I heard that Druze police gave summonses to businesses open on Shabat. One patron volunteered that Orthodox Landlords  write into their leases that the business must be closed on Shabat, If that  stipulation is not in the lease, then the store may open on Shabat. The sad thing is that many frum Jews voted for Mayor Barkat. He doesn’t uphold the mandate to preserve the Shabat and he supports with tax money UNRAH Schools in East Jerusalem teaching hatred of Jews.

I want to see the Kabalat Shabat service repeated every week!  New Age, Secular, Orthodox, Reform, North African, Chareidim: a celestial Jerusalem for Kabbalat Shabat every Friday on Betzalel. And if we can have a camera set up before Shabat to run all Shabat, maybe we will identify the ones taking photos of the men praying? Or maybe just a pretend camera? Maybe people would not take photos not wanting to appear on a security camera? Would taking photos of men praying  be considered an infringement of religious freedoms?

They may own the stores, but they don’t own the airwaves. The beautiful Kabalat Shabat rang out and that was a Kiddush Hashem.

Many women recited tehilim and others linked arms. Maybe we will start a tehilim reciting group every Friday?

I invited a Venezuelan young woman who babysits for a family on Betzalel Street every Friday, Jo Shevah from Venezuela, to join us for Friday night dinner. She just happened to be at the corner after she left work.

We walked, dazzled to my home arm in arm.

JOIN THE EVENT: Outdoors every Friday celebrate Shabat on.Betzalel Street corner Trumpador. Get the continuing story at on the scene to report to you every Sunday about Friday. Check the Follow box on the top of the blog. Please leave a message here if you will able to make up a sign for next week, or if you need hospitality to join the chevrah. Shalot Seudat on the street is also offered by a resident.

Shavua Tov,


Macrobiotic Veggie Burgers-to make in advance for your Shabat

This versatile recipe for macrobiotic veggie burgers takes a bit of time, but the end result is well worth it. In a pinch, substitute organic canned beans for fresh cooked, or sprouted chickpeas and be creative! Try making these with a variety of chopped vegetables, and herbs, such as blacks with corn, or white beans with mushrooms and rosemary


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for frying the burgers
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 Tab. dried parsley
  • 2 Tab. cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups drained, cooked black, red, or white beans, or chickpeas
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice, millet, amaranth or quinoa
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium flame. Add onion, garlic, and carrots and cook 7 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add the sea salt and herbs, cook one minute and remove from heat.

Place oats in a food processor and grind to a coarse powder or if you prefer leave them plain

Add cooked vegetables, beans, and rice quinoa and pulse until the mixture just holds together, but still has some texture. If the mixture seems very wet, add more oats (up to ¼ cup) until the mixture binds together and can be handled. I held the amaranth and quinoa out. then added to the pulsed chickpeas.

Form the vegetable-bean mixture into 4-6 patties

Cook the burgers over medium high heat until well-browned and crispy, about 4 minutes on each side.

Serves 4-6


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