Israel Goes Back to Winter Time

While most of the rest of the world will still be enjoying extra hours of daylight, Israel will revert to standard (winter) time on Saturday night, when clocks will be set back one hour for the convenience of observant Jews.

Rosh Hashanah comes early this year, beginning on the evening of Sept. 8. Religious Jews offer Slichot, prayers of repentance, in preparation for the solemn holiday.

They must be recited in early morning for a minimum of four days before Rosh Hashanah.

The Interior Ministry, which has jurisdiction over such matters, noted that Israelis have enjoyed 160 days of daylight- saving time since clocks were advanced an hour on March 23.

Starting Sunday, Israel’s time will be two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, the longitude of London, and six hours ahead of daylight-saving time in the eastern United States.

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