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It’s Official: Israel to Fast on Yom Kippur like Americans

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Israelis will fast on Yom Kippur this year just like Americans, starting and finishing the fast one hour later due to Daylight Savings Time, known in Israel as summer time, remaining in effect until the end of October.

The Knesset Monday night overwhelmingly voted for the change, ending years of arguments between secular Jews, who want a longer period of an extra hour of daylight just like most of the world, and religious leaders who have argued that continuing the fast later in the evening will cause many people to break the prohibition against eating or drinking on the holy day.

In the past, Daylight Time ended the week before Yom Kippur, and the fast would began around 5 p.m. and end around 6 p.m.

Similarly, Daylight Time used to be postponed until after the Passover holiday so that families would not have to extend the traditional family Seder meal until the later hours, when children were more likely to have fallen asleep instead of participating in the observance. The clocks now move forward at the end of March, regardless of when Passover begins.

“If people can’t pray because of the [new] law, we’ll discuss it again,” commented  Likud Knesset Member Miri Regev in the Knesset.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at last week’s Cabinet meeting, where the measure was approved along with the proposal for exporting natural gas, “We now have a land flowing with milk, gas and sunshine.”

Cabinet Okays Extending Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The Cabinet on Sunday approved a measure to extend Daylight Savings Time until the end of October. It also approved exporting 40 percent of natural gas, and the two decisions prompted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to remark, “Now we have a land flowing with milk and honey, gas and sunlight.”

The latest change concerning when Israel moves its clocks backwards puts an end to a long-time argument that has pitted Haredi and many national religious rabbis against the secular community.

Many rabbis have objected to extending “summer time” beyond the day before Yom Kippur because it would mean the 25-hour fast, although starting later in the evening, also would end around 7 p.m. after a hot day and may cause people to ignore the commandment to fast.

The Knesset last year approved changing the law and extending “summer time” until the end of September, Yom Kippur often falls in October, but the new proposed change would eliminate that possibility.

The government is expected to bring the bill to the Knesset for preliminary and final passage in time for it to take effect this year.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/cabinet-okays-extending-daylight-savings-time/2013/06/23/

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