Peres Cancels London Olympic Trip So As Not To Be Mechallel Shabbos

Tuesday July 10, 2012 3:31 PM - 20 Comments

peresIsraeli President Shimon Peres has cancelled his planned trip to London for the opening of the Olympic Games there.

The president has cancelled his trip because there is no hotel within walking distance to the location of the Olympic games and President Peres does not want to be mechallel Shabbos.

Olympic Committee, as previously reported, have refused to hold a minute of silence in memory of the eleven Israeli athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich, but that is not the reason for Peres’ cancellation.

While Peres himself is not frum, he has in the past shown sensitivity for certain aspects of halacha and Yiddishkeit.

The Olympics opening ceremony will be held on a Friday night, after the onset of Shabbos. It is not known if Peres will watch the games on television or not.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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20 Responses to “Peres Cancels London Olympic Trip So As Not To Be Mechallel Shabbos”

1. Comment from Dovid
Time July 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Wow, what a Tzaddik!

2. Comment from Adam Neira
Time July 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This is a fair enough decision by President Peres and his advisors. He really is doing remarkably well for a man coming up to his 90th birthday. BTW, regarding the upcoming London Olympics interested people should look out for the 100 kg Men’s Judo Competition on Thursday August 2nd…

3. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Now he is big stuff

4. Comment from what?
Time July 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

“It is not known if Peres will watch the games on television or not.”

5. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 10, 2012 at 5:45 PM

kol hakavod

6. Comment from reader
Time July 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Kol Ha Kavod!

7. Comment from Mehu
Time July 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Watching TV is Muttar - no melacha.

8. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

This article is first class “chonef l’rasha” and should be removed

9. Comment from mendel
Time July 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM

There are indeed thousands of Yidden Shomer Shabbos all over the world. They are all True Shomerei Shabbbos and therfore all Tzadikim.

10. Comment from DUDU
Time July 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I once heard from someone that the above-

mentioned was once in Radin where he

reportedly received a Bracha for Arichas

Yawmim from the Chofetz Chiam.

11. Comment from KEY TOV
Time July 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM

“It is not known if Peres will watch the games on television or not.”
This observation is totally uncalled off. Peres has made the public stand not to be Mechallel Shabbos B’Parhesya.It is heartwarming for Jews world wide.

12. Comment from Beautiful
Time July 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Yesh Koneh Olamo B’sha’a Achas. We cannot judge people, #8, and only Hashem knows the reward for a statement like this. Ashrei Ha’am Shekacha Lo! Afilu Haraikunim Shebo Meleiim Mitzvos K’rimon! Even the Jews who are lost Hashem loves and are full of good deeds!(if we care to look).

13. Comment from Shlomo Zehavi
Time July 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Just leave it alone: And just say Kol Hakovod

14. Comment from Charlie Hall
Time July 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM

‘This article is first class “chonef l’rasha” and should be removed’

And we wonder why people hate frum Jews?

Of all the secular Israeli leftists; Shimon Peres was the one who has always been supportive of Torah causes. He speaks publicly and favorably about having met the Chafetz Chaim was a child. He got Medinat Yisrael its nuclear capability and saved the country from hyperinflation.

Sandy Koufax was non-observant yet refused to pitch on Yom Kippur. Peres may not be fully observant, but he deserves a huge hakarat hatov for demonstrating that there are things that matter to a Jew, every Jew, just as Sandy Koufax did five decades ago. Thank you, President Peres!

15. Comment from chezky
Time July 11, 2012 at 1:19 AM

#8
just because he is not a tzadik in any stretch of the word does not mean he can’t make a kiddush Hashem. why not try and see the good that someone does instead of trying to negate it

16. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 11, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Better a saint than a sinner!

17. Comment from Tali
Time July 11, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Totally agree with #8.

18. Comment from joe
Time July 11, 2012 at 8:33 AM

btw watching tv is assur who is your posek?

19. Comment from tzippi
Time July 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Re Anonymous (8): Most people won’t read it that way. I think it will generate a lot of Jewish pride of the best type. I’m not worried about what zechuyos Mr. Peres may accrue…

20. Comment from Anonymous
Time July 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

kol haakvod.

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