Only in Israel: Saved in Court By the Hebrew Date


hebrew-dateA guy was stopped by the police while driving for a random check, as is often done in Israel. The law is that until age 21, one can only drive a maximum of 2 other people in the car. This┬ádriver had four passengers in the car, and it was two days before he would turn 21. The driver, Frankel, claimed that his Hebrew birthday had already passed two weeks earlier and he was therefore allowed to drive with four passengers as he is already 21. The police did not accept the argument and gave him a ticket to come to court, where they request his license be suspended.In court, Frankel’s lawyer explained that in the chareidi community they only use Hebrew dates, so Frankel really considered himself 21, and since Israel is a Jewish country, “it is impossible to argue with the fact that he was already 21 at the time of the incident”.

The judge accepted the argument, and let him off, saying Frankel clearly acted in good faith and considered himself 21 because of the Hebrew calendar.

{Rafi G.-Only in Israel/ Newscenter}


  1. Before the Greeks in the time of the second Bais hamikdosh, all nations (Jews & Nonjews)were using what we call today the jewish calendar. Twice in seven years,they had to make the last day of year,(Adar), an “Ibbur Month”, so as to keep in line with the seasons. When the Greeks dropped the lunar system, the Yidden had to start making their own calculations to set the months.
    Hamman nebach had to wait a whole year for his gezeiru, because he threw the Purr on Nissan and it fell out on the last month of that year, Adar. Even at the time of the Mabbil, the lunar dates were used.