Unless a concert date is moved, Israeli rock and roll fans will need to make their own Sophie’s Choice: celebrate a Jewish holiday or see the Rolling Stones live.
The Rolling Stones confirmed this week that it will play Tel Aviv on June 4 as a stop on its “14 On Fire” world tour. But the excitement was shortly lived for religious fans who soon realized that this date coincided with the Jewish holiday Shavuot. The holiday will end just as the concert is beginning, which means that any Stones fans relying on public transportation will either have to arrive late or miss the show altogether.
Jewish Home MK Nissan Slomiansky urged producer Shuki Weiss to postpone or advance the show, according to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
“A concert shouldn’t be held if it leads to a mass desecration of a religious holiday by hundreds of thousands of people,” the newspaper quoted Slomiansky. “It doesn’t make sense to force the police to work from 2 p.m., to operate a whole system and violate the holiday on which we commemorate receiving the Torah. On that day, when the secular public participates in Torah study sessions, comes an event so vulgar that there is no way to really participate in it without desecrating the holiday.”
Excuse me, sir, but calling the Rolling Stones vulgar is pretty damn vulgar. Watch yourself.
No word on the solution as of yet, but somehow they’ll work this out. As producer Weiss said, “This is a historic moment. It’s a huge honor to bring the Rolling Stones to Israel, an honor for the country, the citizens, and mostly for the fans who have waited for this moment.”