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  3/18/2013, Nisan 7, 5773

Summer Time to Start During Passover


The Interior Ministry announced, Monday, that Israel's expanded Summer Time (Daylight Savings Time) will go into effect a week from Friday morning, March 29th, when clocks spring forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., restoring the seven-hour difference between Israel and the Eastern time zone in the United States, which went to Daylight Savings Time on the morning of March 10th. Winter (Standard) Time will return on October 6th (falling back from 3:00 a.m to 2:00 a.m.), corresponding to the first of Cheshvan on the Hebrew calendar. The change has been made before Yom Kippur so that the saying of selichot penitential prayers would not make people late for work, but a relatively-early Rosh Hashanah Jewish New Year should preclude that problem.

The formula is for Summer Time to start on the Friday before the last Sunday in March and to end on the first Sunday after the 1st of October, making for about 193 days of daylight savings a year.