News Brief 3/27/2011, Adar Bet 21, 5771
Russia Chief Rabbi Praises Cancelling Clock Change
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, the chief rabbi of Russia, said the decision to cancel the country's Winter Time would have positive ramifications for the country's Jewish citizens. He said it would make observing Shabbat easier because the beginning of Shabbat would come later in the day. "In December, January and February it was customary for Shabbat to begin at 4:00 p.m. or so," said Rabbi Goldschmidt, stating that it was too early for many people. The Jewish day of rest begins at sundown, meaning that it changes from week to week and the days grow shorter or longer. Goldschmidt sent a letter of congratulations to President Dmitry Medvedev.
The country will turn its clocks one hour forward for the last time on March 27 2011, making daylight saving time Russia's new standard time.