Winter Time

It’s always extremely strange to move from daylight-saving-time to “normal” or winter-time. It makes you consider how time really is a thing we control. Or rather, the perception of time is something we control. By changing the clocks back an hour, we change the time of dawn, of dusk. Strange to ponder such things.

Yet, this is NOT why I decided to dedicate a post to the changing of the clocks here in the Holy Land. As much as I enjoy BSing about philosophy and pretending to understand the physics, such as they are, of time, I do not believe I could convincingly write an entire post on such things. No, what I wanted to demonstrate here is how religion rules this damn country.

Yom Kipur is coming up, which is a day of fasting in the Jewish religion. A day to apologize for the sins of your past year and turn over to a new page. The religious Jews, who, despite being a minority, have way too much power make the government declare a change to winter-time about a month earlier than the rest of the world. Why? Apparently so they won’t have to fast as much. Tomorrow starts officially at sundown of today in Judaism, and for some reason winter time makes the time between sundown to sundown shorter.

People who don’t even open the fridge on Shabes, since the lord forbids electricity on the Day of Rest,  change the whole freaking clock to suit their needs. I can only say that I see this as RELIGION FAIL.


3 thoughts on “Winter Time

  1. Orin says:

    Aargh we’re gonna disagree on that… Would it be laughable if I said I find the whole catering to those who fast kinda nice? A kind of community spirit thing?

    Okay, to avoid argument I will tell a funny story:
    Religious folk actually do open the fridge on Shabes, they just remove the little light-bulb a day before, because the light is the problem… Anyway a friend/relative of my parents’ once forgot to do it so they tied a string between the kitchen door and the fridge door so that when they come into the kitchen the fridge will open “””by mistake””” and so it isn’t a very terrible sin, or something.

  2. slightlyignorant says:

    No-no-no! I was very careful about that. I’m not demeaning the fact that they fast. I’m demeaning the fact that despite the fact that they must fast and want to fast and are fasting as atonement, they still try as much as they can to make it easy for themselves, which kind of defeats the point.

    Your story coincides exactly with what I’m saying! It’s this pretend-religion thing that bugs me.

  3. Orin says:

    Well, I was gonna say that yup, it’s basically cheating, and yeah, it’s not really fair to change the clocks for the whole country just for that, but for some reason I don’t really mind, it’s pretty funny and nice that they do it.

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