I spent this Shabbat with a number of Chareidi relatives and was surprised that the conversation on Shabbat primarily centered around the Shabbat elevator - that is of course "Assur Gamur" - completely forbidden.
Apparently this is the only major topic the Hareidi newspapers have been talking about for the past few weeks.
That 3 out of the 4 Rabbis who have forbidden it in the recent ruling, have always forbidden it - and not because of technology reasons, but because it "cheapens the Shabbat" doesn't phase them.
Only Rav Elyashiv says there is a technical problem - based apparently on testimony of a local Bnei Brak elevator company.
On the other hand, Belze Chassidim say it is permitted to use a Shabbat elevator.
I'm not going to get into the technical discussion, and just make one observation, I bet that within a year there will be a Badatz certification for elevators.
The big sin here that the Askanim (the machers who have a finger in all the money pots) realized (when they created their ruckess and starting riling up their Rabbis) is that Tsiyoini institutions are making money on a "kashrut" certification, and their kashrut organizations aren't.
Call me cynical, but guaranteed that within a year, hotels in Israel will start having new Badatz certificates to satisfy their Chareidi clientelle, meanwhile their existing elevators won't require a single modification at all (other than applying the sticker).
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