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"Our customers just know that we are closed on Saturdays," said Levy, who added that he does not think twice about the loss of profits. He said that he holds true to his belief that "money made on the Sabbath would not be enjoyed anyway."Both Levy and [Sharon Abergel] modeled their restaurants after popular set-ups in Israel and New York, where businesses closing for Shabbat is a more common occurrence. [Barry Belsky], who is originally from New York, grew up in a community where "merchants shutting down on Shabbat was a given."The American Jewish Historical Society keeps a record of Shabbat observances. According to their research, in the early 1900s, "many American Jewish workers faced a choice between keeping Shabbat and keeping their jobs." In the late '20s, a coalition of rabbis and labor unionists fought for a five-day work week.
Open, Sure, but Never on ... Shabbat Rachel Levy Lesser Jewish Exponent; Feb 4, 2010; 227, 19; Docstoc pg. 22 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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