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Please Don't Be Mechalel Shabbos

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Once again, Lag b'Omer "falls out" on Saturday night this year, as has happened in recent years a number of times.
As happens every year, the Lag b'Omer celebrations in Meron, and less so elsewhere, are expected to cause massive amounts of chilul shabbos by the bus drivers preparing to transports tens or hundreds of thousands of people to the celebrations, along with the police and other security forces who will travel on Shabbos to get to where they need to be and put forth other efforts in preparation for the celebrations they will need to secure.
It is not a maybe yes or maybe no. We know it happens in massive amounts. The official reports from every similar celebrations say so.
When Yom Haatzmaut falls out close to Shabbos, the State pushes off the celebrations - either back or forward - to prevent chilul shabbos. The celebrations of Lag b'Omer are no more required or obligating for anybody than the celebrations of Yom Haatzmaut, yet the religious, specifically the Haredi askanim, refuse to consider pushing off the celebrations, even if just to the morning, let alone by a full day.
That is nothing new, and there is no need to harp on something that has been going on for a long time and the people responsible for it refuse to change it.
What is interesting is that MK Menachem Eliezer Mozes (UTJ). the man largely responsible for the planning of these celebrations and the logistics behind them, has called upon the security forces to refrain from desecrating the shabbos in their preparations for the events.
source: Kol Hai News
That is funny.
He wants to bring hundreds of thousands of people shortly after Shabbos to one small town and grave site and he seriously thinks he can call on them to not do anything in preparation on the day of Shabbos, right before those hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the target destination?
It seems like it is simply an attempt to give himself the opportunity to pass the buck and say "I told them not to, so it is their fault" when anybody asks questions about the chilul shabbos.
It would be more effective to actually do something to prevent it, rather than just continue to do what causes it and say please don't.
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