Israel to Extend Daylight Savings Time


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Israel will be extending Daylight Saving Time by eleven days next year, in 2013. DST will end on October 6, 2013.

According to the Knesset bill, DST will begin on the Erev Shabbos before the last Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday after October 1, making it 193 days instead of 182.

Back in 2011, Israel’s Cabinet approved extending Daylight Saving Time for 2012. The unanimous decision extended Daylight Saving Time from the Friday of the last week in March to the first Sunday after October 1.

The move was recommended by an advisory committee commissioned by Interior Minister Eli Yishai; the committee was established after the issue came to a head when the clocks were changed in mid-September due to Yom Kippur falling early in the fall that year.

Adopting daylight savings time – and when to adjust the clocks – has been a perennial point of contention in Israeli political life.

Although the Knesset was dissolved this past Monday, the government called plenum and committee in order to pass bills.

The new bill extending DST will become law before the election at the end of January.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. This is big news! In Israel the clock is usually changed before yom kippur. Under this new law, yom kippur day will be one hour longer.

  2. #1 OyVey: The length of Yom Kippur doesn’t change by even one minute no matter what time the clocks say it is – the sun determines its length and the Knesset can’t legislate that!!

  3. No -Yom Kippur will not be an hour longer- it will start an hour later and finish an hour later -making it the same 25 hour fast.

  4. Come on, #2 and 3. Please read #1’s comment; he wrote that Yom Kippur DAY will be one hour longer, by which he obviously meant that the fast will end one hour later than it does now – which is true. For many, that makes the fast feel more difficult, which is why many Israelis have opposed moving to standard time after Yom Kippur.

    For those who will comment by saying that it’s the same 25 hours so who care, I would like to ask them why it is that most people feel Tisha B’Av is harder than Yom Kippur – after all, they’re both 25 hours! The reality is that, the longer the daytime fast is, the longer the fast feels.

  5. I may be alone in this thought, but I would rather have an “extra” hour erev Yom Kippur. Erev Yom Kippur is a very short day.

    Starting and ending the fast an hour later (I know it is still 25+ hours) works for me.

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