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Old 09-04-2014, 11:19 PM
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Simple. It's a predominantly Jewish nation, and so the Sabbath is kept.

Originally Posted by Nunnor View Post
There are Christians who live in Israel and must work on Sundays, because they are expected to. It's basically the same as having weekend on Sunday and Monday, so American Jews have to work on their "Sabbath" Saturday.
American Jews do not have to work on the Sabbath. It is their choice. I am a Sabbath-keeping Christian, and I do not work on Saturday. Plenty Sabbath keepers choose to refrain from work as the Scriptures instruct.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:22 AM
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Simple, Israel is a predominantly Jewish nation so it follows the Bible and integrity of religious tradition. So Sabbath is kept.

Also, in the USA, Sunday is considered the first day of the week!
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:37 PM
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We keep on going in circles with this. Israel does not call Sunday "Sunday". Israeli Jews call " Sunday" yom rishon (first day). For Israeli's the weekend is Friday and Saturday. Even if non-Jews in Israel don't believe that it is, They follow it anyway. Why? For the most part: Little to no customers. Also keep in mind that all gov't agencies are closed and all public transportation are stopped usually by early afternoon of Friday and completely on Saturday.

My Hebrew Dictionary: Days of the Week

And as for Arabs; No matter how much they attempt to separate themselves from Jews, their language has nearly the same root. Saturday in Arabic is "as sabt" which is "shabbat" in Hebrew. Sunday in Arabic is " al ahad" which is "ahat" (one) in Hebrew. Fwiw, Arab Muslims close all their businesses early Friday afternoon for the weekly call to prayer. Even though it's only a few hours, most don't reopen. This is similar to Christians who don't open Sunday morning as that is when they do their prayers, but when it's over they open their businesses.

Days of the Week in Arabic - For Dummies
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