I hate that it gets dark at 5pm. On Saturday we changed back from daylight saving time. Why, you may ask. The days are still long, it's due to be 29 degrees C in TA tomorrow, it gets light at 6am. Well our religious brethren have decided that they need the sun up early and to hell with the wasted electricity that comes with darkness at 5pm. Something about morning prayers and Yom Kippur. The fast is 25 hours no matter how you slice it. I saw one of their Knesset members say its never been proven that daylight savings saves money anyway. You can clearly tell where he went to school - who needs math and logic, the Tanach has it all. So once again a minority dictates and all reason is thrown out the window. The same Knesset member claimed it's all in the "status quo". What is this status quo, we get shafted, pay for people to study in Yeshiva and have babies and in return they pray (not for us, I'm sure) . I've had it.
So you can imagine my joy when bwo pointed me to this article in Haaretz. Basically, the head of the "Lithuanian Haredi Community" decided that shabbat elevators are not kosher. Here in Israel on shabbat, elevators in religious buildings stop at every floor. This way religious people (who don't roll on shabbos) don't have the "desecrate" the sabbath by pressing a button, thereby closing a circuit and causing work to be done. It's OK if the elevator automatically takes you floor to floor and stops at each floor, so you can get out. It sounds like a cop out if you ask me. So now they must walk up the stairs. I am sure it's less work.
Clouds over Port Elizabeth
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