No Satisfaction For Religious Rolling Stones Fans
03/26/14
Israel Correspondent
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The Rolling Stones played Glastonbury this summer; soon, they'll be in Israel. Getty Images
The Rolling Stones played Glastonbury this summer; soon, they'll be in Israel. Getty Images

Observant Jews in Israel can’t get no satisfaction.

That’s the mantra this week as word spread that the Rolling Stones will make their first-ever appearance in the Jewish state on June 4. The reason for the dissatisfaction: because the Tel Aviv show will begin just a few minutes after the end of Shavuot (Israelis keep one day of Shavuot, not two).

Shuki Weiss, the legendary concert promoter who has said he’d retire once he succeeded in bringing the legendary rock band to Israel, is calling the concert a once-in-a-lifetime event.

To say Modern Orthodox fans, many of them immigrants from English-speaking countries, are peeved is a giant understatement.

Susan Taragin, who made aliyah from England many years ago, wonders why promoters so often disregard religious fans in their scheduling. There are many festivals and concerts scheduled for the three weeks leading up to Tisha b’Av, she noted, and the timing of the Stones’ concert seems incomprehensible.   

Taragin said, “Do the organizers of pop events in Israel assume that religious Jews don’t attend concerts? I speak for plenty of friends who are very upset that Neil Young is performing here during the Three Weeks and the Rolling Stones just after Shavuot is ending.” 

Religious Jews often refrain from attending entertainment events during the Three Weeks, a period of mourning.

“Anyone from Jerusalem would not be able to get to Tel Aviv in time for the concert. Can you not consider us as well, please?” Taragin asked.

Eliot Zimelman, an American who made aliyah years ago, said he and his wife are looking into renting an apartment or a hotel room in Tel Aviv, near the Stones’ concert venue, in order to keep Shabbat and attend the concert.

“That obviously raises the price for us,” he noted.  

Asked at a press conference this week why he had not taken religious fans into consideration, Shuki Weiss replied, “We have coordinated discount hotel packages for ticket buyers, with some of the hotels nearby the Park (venue), in order to allow them ... to walk to the Park for this historic event.”

Weiss promised to provide “more details” when tickets ($200-$820) go on sale.

And if observant Jews can’t make it, perhaps they should remember that you can’t always get what you want. 

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03/31/2014 - 12:20

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It's a shame that the concert is being held too early for those observant Jews to attend. In due respect to the Stones, I'm sure they regret the oversight of Shavuot not ending earlier to accommodate their observant fans. Fans should realize that they've been scrambling their schedule since the recent untimely death of Mick's long-time girlfriend and great love. If you make the effort to drive to the venue after Shavuot, you might find the Stones will extend the concert long into the night to be sure you all get the Satisfaction you seek. They'll give it all -- like always. I speak with 50 years of experience enjoying them.

But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

You can't always get what you want.

The Rolling Stones have been around so long, I think they may have played Mt. Sinai (Shavuoth). In any case, Shuki Weiss seems to have "Sympathy for the Devil"

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