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...

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