Israeli teens drop out of robotics competition held on Shabbat

If you refrain from trampling the Shabbat, From pursuing your affairs on My holy day; If you call the Shabbat “delight,” Hashem's holy day “honored”; And if you honor it and go not your ways Nor look to your affairs, nor strike bargains—Then you can seek the favor of Hashem. I will set you astride the heights of the earth, And let you enjoy the heritage of your father Yaakov— For the mouth of Hashem has spoken.




(the israel bible)

April 26, 2023

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The booth at the international robotics competition in Houston on April 21 had a rather unusual diorama: Shabbat candles, challah, a Kiddush cup and a poster explaining that it was Judaism’s official day of rest.

The teens from Modi’in on Trigon 5990 sent a letter to tournament organizers informing them that the team could not compete on the holy day, despite having reached the final stage.

“We come from a religious Jewish background, and our faith is an integral part of who we are,” they wrote in the letter. “Saturdays, Shabbat, hold a special significance in the Jewish faith.”

A tournament official read the team’s statement, and as the audience applauded, he thanked the team for the “reminder of the importance of things outside of robotics.”

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