Religious Jews praying.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)
Deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben-Dahan has initiated an amendment to
the legislation on daylight saving time that would allow religiously observant
workers to arrive late to work in the last weeks of October in order to be able
to pray in the morning, without any deductions from their salary.
law, which passed its first reading in the Knesset this week, will extend
daylight saving time until the end of October from its previous endpoint before
But by late October, sunrise, the earliest time one may say
the morning prayers according to Jewish law, is relatively late in the day,
making it harder for people who wish to pray before going to
Ben-Dahan’s office said this problem particularly affects workers
employed in manual labor and in low-wage jobs.
Coalition chairman Yariv
Levin (Likud) agreed to the deputy minister’s proposal that workers who are
accustomed to pray the morning service could arrive late to work in the last two
weeks of October, without deductions from their salary.
will now support the proposed amendment in the Knesset Internal Affairs
“I welcome the extension of daylight saving time which will
benefit the Israeli economy,” said Ben-Dahan. “At the same time, I’m working to
ensure that Israeli citizens, especially those with low wages or who do manual
labor, will not be harmed, and so I have requested that they be enabled to pray,
according to their sacred custom.”