Oy Vey! Jews Protest - That's Right - Daylight Savings Time

Observant Jews Say Daylight Savings Extension Hurts Morning Prayer

from Religion News Service

Observant Jews are expressing concerns over legislation extending daylight savings time by two months, saying that the late sunrises would impact their ability to pray in the morning and still reach work by 9 a.m.

The provision, which set daylight savings time between March and November instead of April and October, was approved July 19 by a joint House-Senate conference committee. The committee met to finalize the energy legislation package Congress will present to the president by Aug. 1.

According to Jewish law, certain prayers, including the prayer recited each day by people in mourning, cannot be recited without a minyan, or a quorum of 10 members, present. Further, those prayers, which last between 30 and 40 minutes, cannot be recited before sunrise.

Under the daylight savings extension, sunrise in the month of November would come between 8:30 and 8:45 in most locations, said Mark Waldman, director of public policy for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Waldman said that he did not believe the legislation intentionally levied this hardship, but that nonetheless it was something he wished they had considered.

Supporters of the provision say that extending daylight savings time would save 100,000 barrels of oil each day by extending daylight hours into the afternoon and requiring businesses to use less energy to stay open.


Blogger Pacific said...

re: DST, So did farmers and airlines!


July 21, 2005 9:45 PM  
Blogger Darren said...

Redneck hayseeds and drunk pilots? Screw em! I'm sure horse-shoers boycotted the auto-mobile and the post office protests email, but progress waits for no man or god or stewardess. ;o)

July 23, 2005 9:06 PM  

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