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Israeli soldier punished for Shabbat meal

Dec. 2, 2009 at 3:42 PM   |   Comments

JERUSALEM, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli military sources said a soldier received 20 days of detention after he cooked himself a meal on the holy day of Shabbat in violation of orders.

The unidentified military sources said the soldier, whose identity was not released, decided to cook himself a new Shabbat meal after he learned a stray cat had sampled the food at his Nahshon battalion base, Ynetnews reported Wednesday.

For the Judaism holy day last weekend, troops in the Israeli battalion were to eat from a pot of meat stew that was prepared based on Shabbat regulations.

After it was revealed a cat had eaten from the pot, the unidentified soldier offered to cook a replacement meal.

The military sources said the soldier was eventually stopped by a member of the base's kitchen staff and the matter was handed over to the commander of the battalion.

"There are clear orders about observing the Shabbat, and even if the food was inedible there are other options to get food without desecration of the Sabbath," the sources said.

A military representative told Ynewnews the soldier, who was punished following a trial, had faced disciplinary problems prior to the Shabbat incident.

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