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Israeli restaurants and Tish B'Av


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Israeli restaurants and Tish B'Av

sdrucker | Jul 20, 2009 08:10 PM

As indicated in an another thread on visiting Israel in August, we'll be in Israel ourselves for 10 days starting Sunday (7/26). Just as we were looking forward to checking out old favorites (Darna, Ethio-Israel) and some new ones (Eucalyptus), we realized that we were coming into Jerusalem right during the Nine Days period before Tish B'Av. We're Jewish but not strictly kosher types, so I didn't realize it until I noticed the Hebrew calendar date on a website.

Does anyone know how seriously the kosher restaurants in Jerusalem go meatless during the nine days before Tish B'Av (July 30th)? In the US it's the norm, but I do know of at least one kosher Israeli grill in the States that will do take out if it's outside, and being Israel, the exact pattern of observance aren't always the same as here (e.g. kitniyot/legumes being much more accepted in Israel during Passover than here).

If we can expect most meat restaurants to, well, not do meat, we're either going to do a unique parve/seafood experience, or may check out some other choices that aren't neccessarily kosher. I'm aware that most restaurants (all kosher for sure) will be closed, period, on the actual holiday. Any advice would be welcome.


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