We support the law of MK Orlev suggesting that Israel adopt weekends like other Western countries, where people leave work and school at noon on Fridays and return on Monday morning.
Not only is it vital for people's physical and emotional state of well-being to have proper rest and relaxation -- something people in Israel are in dire need of -- but such a situation will go far to repair religious-secular relationships in Israel by allowing a common leisure day for all. There will be less pressure to go out on Friday night, and people across the spectrum can go out together on Saturday night and Sunday. Both secular and religious can enjoy soccer games and the beach on Sunday rather than on Shabbat.
But mostly, it will offer Israelis a much needed repreive from the enormous pressures of a six-day workweek.
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