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No More Mail on Shabbos


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The frustration of having to think about the mail that is delivered on the Sabbath, but which cannot be opened by Jews because of the Torah prohibition of tearing, is about to come to an end.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will stop delivering mail on Saturday in August, but obviously not because it is worried that a Jew might transgress the Sabbath.

The reason, of course, is money – $2 billion a year, to be more exact.

However, packages will continent to be delivered on Saturday.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general and CEO.

“We developed this approach by working with our customers to understand their delivery needs and by identifying creative ways to generate significant cost savings.”

The change is dependent on Congressional approval, which the Postal Service thinks will be no problem.

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