ISRAEL: Not Kosher

The Hilton's problems shouldn 't happen to a dog

Jewish religious orthodoxy and the pragmatic business of survival have always had a special kind of relationship in Israel, similar to that, say, between Washington and Moscow. But that detente has now suffered a severe rupture, and the cause is Jerusalem's four-year-old 420-room Hilton Hotel. The city's chief rabbi, Bezalel Zolty, 57, has yanked the five-star Hilton's certificate of kashruth, or kosher status. Reason: in his view, the hotel was violating the law of the Sabbath. As the agonized Hilton management knows all...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!