I am Nir Yehuda Crystal, I define myself in the following order: Jewish, Israeli, Ra’anani.
First of all I am a Jew (believing Jew, but living my life as a secular person), in the Land of Israel – the best and most beautiful country in the world in my opinion, in Ra’anana our beloved city.
My personal view regarding the relationship between all the residents of the city boils down to three principles, which must be met (all of them) in every decision I make for the residents:
- “A man shall live by his faith” – the municipality of Ra’anana must provide everything required for all its residents, so that they can maintain their lifestyles as they see fit, in all aspects of life.
- “Live and let live” – so that every resident can live according to his own way, he must respect his neighbors, even if their lifestyle is different.
- “one must enjoy while the other is not lacking” (“ze nehene ve-ze lo haser”)- every municipal decision regarding a service/activity for residents should be made with attention and consideration so that on the one hand the municipality will provide the maximum benefit to the audience for which the service/activity is intended, and on the other hand it will prevent as much as possible, any damage to the lifestyles of other residents.
Ra’anana has been a role model of tolerance and mutual respect among its residents for so many years, thanks to many good leaders who worked for this and thanks to our wonderful residents. To destroy – it is possible very quickly. To build – takes years.
Practicaly – what should we do?
The status quo states that Ahuza Street is closed on Saturdays.
In a survey I conducted on July 2023, at the “Midgam” research institute under the management of Manu Geva, in which 400 residents of Ra’anana were randomly sampled, the following question was asked: “Do you support or oppose the status quo in Ra’anana according to which Ahua Street is being closed on Shabbat?”
66% of respondents stated that they are in favor of the status quo (both secular and religious).
- Ahuza Street will remain closed on Shabbat as it is today, and has been for many years, in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the residents as mentioned.
- In the industrial parks and in Ra’anana Park we will encourage the opening of entertainment and leisure places on the weekends (Friday nights and Saturdays) – restaurants, cafes, bars and dance clubs, for the benefit of the secular residents who needs it.
- There will be no trading on Shabbat in the city – such as clothing and footwear stores, etc. Such a service entails both the entry of delivery trucks and an influx of residents from many other cities who will come to shop on Shabbat and this will damage the pleasant and calm atmosphere of Ra’anana.
As mentioned, entertainment and leisure places will be added on Shabbat as mentioned before, for the enjoyment of all the secular residents and their guests.
- At the request of many of our soldiers and other residents – there will be a shuttle bus “Na’im on the weekend” that enters the city once an hour, and reaches the beach and entertainment venues in Tel Aviv. In order to maintain the status quo, the shuttle will operate on Weizman and Jerusalem streets.
It is important to understand that the current lack of leisure and entertainment places to in Ra’anana actually stems from the lack of economic viability for business owners to open in Ra’anana compared to the alternatives in Hod Hasharon, Herzliya and Kfar Saba. This lack of viability is relevant for all days of the week. A detailed explanation of this issue is given in all the parlor meetings that are held every evening in all over the city. For more information, please go to the parlor meetings page.
For any question about the status quo – for any question about my position/plans on any issue, I’m here for you. 054-4334118.
Yours and at your service,