Member of Knesset Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) protested, this week, against a bill that would make the date for determining when a child starts school the civil-calendar date and not the Hebrew calendar date. Speaking during debate on the proposal, the former chairman of the finance committee called the step to sole use of the secular calendar a serious step.
Gafni warned, "We are going to raise a generation that does not know anything about Judaism." He also said, "In the next generation, there will be children in the public school system of the state of Israel, maybe even in the religious public school system, who don't know why we're here. They won't know what a festival is. They won't know what a Hebrew date is. They won't know anything." He bewailed the lack of a link between the opening of the school year to the festivals of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot."