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Old 11-25-2012, 08:12 AM
 
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Israel does not have a full separation of state and religion like the USA. Therefore since Israel is a Jewish country, Saturday which is the Jewish Shabbath is a non-work day in Israel. Until some years ago Israel had a 6 day work week (meaning Saturday was the only day off). Now most Israelis work a 5 day work week Sunday-Thursday. It was decided to make Friday the second day off as it wasn't a full work day in any case because the Jewish Shabbath starts an hour before sundown on Fridays. Fridays in Israel are somewhat similar to Saturdays in the USA as banks, post offices, etc. are open half a day. Children still have a 6 day school week.

BTW, in the USA Saturdays are not day off for everyone (meaning not everyone gets a 2 day weekend of Saturday and Sunday).
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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Israel does not have a full separation of state and religion like the USA. Therefore since Israel is a Jewish country, Saturday which is the Jewish Shabbath is a non-work day in Israel. Until some years ago Israel had a 6 day work week (meaning Saturday was the only day off). Now most Israelis work a 5 day work week Sunday-Thursday. It was decided to make Friday the second day off as it wasn't a full work day in any case because the Jewish Shabbath starts an hour before sundown on Fridays. Fridays in Israel are somewhat similar to Saturdays in the USA as banks, post offices, etc. are open half a day. Children still have a 6 day school week.

BTW, in the USA Saturdays are not day off for everyone (meaning not everyone gets a 2 day weekend of Saturday and Sunday).
How about working half day on Fridays, and having Saturday and Sunday weekend? In Israel outside of Jerusalem, stores are mostly open on Sabbath.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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In Israel outside of Jerusalem, stores are mostly open on Sabbath.
The Sabbath is Saturday. Being in or out of Jerusalem for Jews makes no difference. The stores are closed until, at least, one hour past sundown.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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How about working half day on Fridays, and having Saturday and Sunday weekend? In Israel outside of Jerusalem, stores are mostly open on Sabbath.
Fridays has always been a half work day even when there was 6 day work week. That is why they made the weekend Friday and Saturday and kept Sunday a full work day. Actually in most of Israel stores are closed within the large cities on the Sabbath. In some of the big cities cafes/restaurants and theaters are open Friday nights and on Saturdays restaurants are open in some places.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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The Sabbath is Saturday. Being in or out of Jerusalem for Jews makes no difference. The stores are closed until, at least, one hour past sundown.
The Jewish sabbath is Friday sundown until Saturday sundown, while the Christian day of worship is on Sunday.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Fridays has always been a half work day even when there was 6 day work week. That is why they made the weekend Friday and Saturday and kept Sunday a full work day. Actually in most of Israel stores are closed within the large cities on the Sabbath. In some of the big cities cafes/restaurants and theaters are open Friday nights and on Saturdays restaurants are open in some places.
Israel is home to all three Abrahamic faiths, and is the place where Jesus Christ was born and raised. I think that Sunday should not be a regular work day... It seems like Anti-Christian. If they also want to be more modern and westernized, then they should have Saturday and Sunday off.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Israel is home to all three Abrahamic faiths, and is the place where Jesus Christ was born and raised. I think that Sunday should not be a regular work day... It seems like Anti-Christian. If they also want to be more modern and westernized, then they should have Saturday and Sunday off.
Israel is a Jewish country and therefore Saturday the Jewish Sabbath is a day off (part of the weekend). Israel is a very modern and westernized country and that is independent of the fact that Sunday is a regular work day. In Hebrew the name for Sunday is "first day" or "day 1". So it makes sense that it is the first day of the work week in a Jewish (not a Christian) country that has no full separation of religion and state. (I already explained why Friday was chosen to be the second day of the weekend rather than Sunday.) BTW, Jesus Christ was born, raised and died a Jew.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:13 PM
 
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Israel is home to all three Abrahamic faiths, and is the place where Jesus Christ was born and raised. I think that Sunday should not be a regular work day... It seems like Anti-Christian. If they also want to be more modern and westernized, then they should have Saturday and Sunday off.
Sure it's anti-christian, Israel is under no obligation to accommodate non Jewish religions as an officially Jewish non-secular country. Besides, using Sunday for Sabbath only occurs in the Roman based churches and they did that to accommodate the worshipers of Mithras, who kept Sunday holy. Seventh Day Adventists, Ethiopian Christians, Church of the East Christians whose form of Christianity was widespread in Asia outside the Roman Empire prior to Islam and is still a big domination there, and most other early non-Roman churches all use Saturday (as did Jesus most probably).
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:18 PM
 
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If anybody thinks it is strange that Israel decides that the work week is from Sunday to Thursday, and not like mostly everywhere else from Monday to Friday, you should try to figure out why most calendars in the world start their week on Monday, and have Saturday and Sunday as the week-end days, in other words, in the last columns of the week,

Yet the USA Calendar, as an example, starts the week on Sunday ...

So, take a look at any calendar in your house and let us know which day of the week is the first day on your calendar ?
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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If anybody thinks it is strange that Israel decides that the work week is from Sunday to Thursday, and not like mostly everywhere else from Monday to Friday, you should try to figure out why most calendars in the world start their week on Monday, and have Saturday and Sunday as the week-end days, in other words, in the last columns of the week,

Yet the USA Calendar, as an example, starts the week on Sunday ...

So, take a look at any calendar in your house and let us know which day of the week is the first day on your calendar ?
According to the Judeo-Christian calendar, Sunday is the first day of the week.
According to the International calendar, Monday is the first day of the week.

Saturday and Sunday are part of the weekend in most countries using the Gregorian calendar.

U.S. calendars do show Sunday as "first day of the week" for religious reasons, while Europeans show Monday as "first day of the week" do it for cultural reasons.

However, first day of the work and school week starts on Monday, incl. in the US
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