Not a good moment for Moment

Cafe Moment has been through a lot. Now, two years after a suicide bomber murdered 11 and wounded 54 people, the popular Rehavia coffeehouse is closing due to “financial problems.”

A sign on the door read:

“Fate decided that it would be the State of Israel, of all things, that would capitulate and close us down because of the debts we owed the tax authorities.”

“After all the trials and tribulations, gigantic efforts, and tons of determination, plus a great deal of personal sacrifice and in spite of the fact that we did succeed on a professional basis, getting back to serving a large number of people daily we have become victim to the debts that have hounded us from that cursed day that killed us too only more slowly.”

Full story.

I’m not quite sure why they accumulated so much debt to the tax authorities but presumably their insurance (and the government) helped them out with renovations. But that’s just an assumption. It always looks packed when I pass by. Seems like there must be more to this story. I haven’t been there in years. You see, I have this “thing” about enjoying a cup of coffee where people have been murdered. But hey, that’s just me.

3 thoughts on “Not a good moment for Moment

  1. You’re right, we probably don’t know the whole story and journalists aren’t what they used to be and I’m sure that their problems started before the attack.
    One thing though, is that all ‘terrorist’ damage is covered by the government. Apraisors(?) usually show up after the medical crews have cleaned up and assess what has to be reordered and the value. The owner of the establishment (someone correct me if I’m wrong) doesn’t even see the money because the govm’nt pays the contractors.
    It’s sad that they would accuse the State of Israel and banking system for debts they accumulated.

  2. I live across the street from Moment, and I was pretty sad to (literally) watch it close. It’s been one of my favorite places to sit and eat (and drink).
    I understand the sentiment, “I have this ‘thing’ about enjoying a cup of coffee where people have been murdered,” but I’ve felt quite the opposite.
    Ultimately, life goes on here. Does that mean the people should go about their business as if the bombing never happened? Of course not… It’s almost self-evident that after an attack, life changes. But do we have an obligation to at least try to go about life as normal?
    (Wow… I apologize if that sounded like, “Eat at Moment or the terrorists win.”)

  3. I know where you are coming from Josh. Life does indeed go on here. Trust me, I have been living here long enough to know that. And I have had more than enough friends whose lives will never be the same again as a consequence of terror attacks.
    The “eat at moment or the terrorists win” thing does indeed have some validity. I just can’t enjoy myself in those places…I just can’t do it.

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