On one of the hottest days of the entire summer, many areas in Bnei Brak, Beitar Illit, and Beit Shemesh were compelled to go without electricity for the entire Shabbat.
Despite the city’s rabbis, Rabbi Shevach Rosenblatt and Rabbi Chaim Landa, ruling that the electric company could continue repairing the damaged electric cables on Shabbos, a number of roadways in Bnei Brak were left without energy the whole day.
Residents in Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet in the city of Beit Shemesh had many blackouts this week, as well as Friday and Shabbos without electricity. Similar issues also occurred in Ramat Bet Shemesh Gimel’s new neighborhood, where hundreds of families were abandoned for more than 30 hours.
According to a local homeowner who spoke with B’Chadrei Charedim, “We received notification from the electric company at 17:55 on Erev Shabbos that the problem will be rectified by 8 PM.
We were certain that they were addressing the situation, but they took a break and didn’t complete the task until Motzaei Shabbos because they knew that residents observing Shabbos wouldn’t bother them throughout the entire day.
At the start of Shabbat, the locals believed that when they returned from shul, there would be light, but for 30 hours, there was no light, air conditioning, Shabbat plate, or refrigerator.
All of the Shabbos food expired, and we had challah with salads in the morning. The meat in the refrigerator also expired.
Residents of Beit Shemesh were unsure of whom to blame for the problem—the contractor who damaged an electric wire close to the community or the electric company, which took too long to address it.
Additionally, during Shabbat, there were power outages in Beitar Illit that left entire neighborhoods without energy.