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Yom Kippur in Japan Must Be Observed on Same Day As in Palestine, Rabbis Decide

After two successive days of discussions, twenty prominent rabbis under the chairmanship of Chief Rabbi Herzog, decided that the Yom Kippur fast for stranded Jews in Japan should take place on the same day as in Palestine – Wednesday.

The decision was taken after Prof. Fraenkel, dean of the faculty of mathematics at the Hebrew University, lengthily reported before the rabbinical session on the mathematical side of the problem which was raised by a cabled inquiry from rabbis stranded in Japan who pointed to the difference in time between Japan and Palestine.