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ISRAEL TO CONSIDER WORK-FREE SUNDAY

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Post  Jude on Fri 29 Jul 2011, 23:27

July 25, 2011

Europe is not the only place working on Sunday legislation. Even Israel is preparing for Sunday laws. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering whether or not to shorten Israel’s workweek to four days and making Sunday another day off.

“It is impossible to stop the train now that it has left the station,” said Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom. “We must move to a long weekend as soon as possible, in keeping with all the developed world states.”

Netanyahu appointed a top economic advisor to look into the possibility of canceling Sunday as a work day and turning it into another day off. “According to the plan, Saturday and Sunday would be holidays and Friday would be a work day until noon.”

The “Sunday off” initiative was “recently endorsed by the Israel Manufacturers Association, Chambers of Commerce Presidium, the Union of Local Authorities, Hotel Association, the teachers unions, the National Economic Council and the director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office. The proposal which includes an extra half hour per work day to help offset some of the time in the longer weekend.

Proponents of the proposal said the shift would be good for Israel’s economy, exporters, stock exchange traders and high-tech companies. “The move will also lead to a five-day school week, which would mean introducing a long school day and providing lunch at school, he said.
A long school day would remove the restrictions on many working women, enabling them to advance to senior executive positions.

In addition, a long weekend would help to develop leisure and culture activities, with youth movements and community centers able to hold activities for school children on Sundays.

As you can see Israel has developed its own set of reasons for a work-free Sunday. This is not to say that Israel is giving up the Sabbath, but it is a step in that direction. Historically, both Sabbath and Sunday were observed as rest days and as worship days, while the Sabbath was gradually diminished and Sunday was elevated.

Haaretz Article

http://www.ktfministry.org/en/news/2153/israel-to-consider-work-free-sunday
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