Geriatrix wrote:In Judaism driving is considered to be work, and you may not work on the sabbath. Jews are supposed to walk to shul so do synagogues have this problem?
In a word - Yes
Bear in mind that I'm many years 'lapsed', but when I was a kid, the ethos was not so much 'do not drive to Shul' as 'do not be seen
driving to Shul'. Hence, on Sabbath, and even more so on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (which are the only days when the majority of Western Jews actually realise
there's a synagogue in the neighbourhood ...
) - the done thing was to park round the corner. Hence, the road immediately in front of the Synagogue was miraculously clear of parked cars, whilst the roads round the corner were chock-a-block.
I hope that they can cycle to the Synagogue as cycling is pleasure
I'm afraid not
. I actually had this argument with the rabbi, after I was so presumptuous as to propose cycling to shul. He hummed and ha'd and thought about it a bit. "Cycling is, operating machinery
, is it not? So it's work
. Thou shalt not...."
You can't win against that logic...