Saturday, January 17, 2009

Why Can't We Be More Like The Jews?

Their day starts at sundown. Ours starts at sun up.

Think of the difference there: you finish supper, get the dishes done and it’s the start of a whole new day, depending on where you live. So you start with some activities of your choice: maybe some television, perhaps social affairs, temple outreach. It’s all a very good start to the day.

Us rest-of-the-religions-or-not: come home, supper, dishes, and end the day with the same good things as the Jews. But for us, it’s the end of the day, not the start. We’ve finished that 24-hour-period, rather than starting with it.

I rather suspect the mind-set makes a difference. How would you like to start the day, rather than end it?

The Catholics have it just barely right, as we can attend Sunday Mass anytime after 4:00 on Saturday. That’s a bow to our Jewish heritage which admits of the day starting sometime in the afternoon. We fudged a bit and set one specific time, rather than having services at various times, depending on when local sunset occurred.

As to when any day starts, we choose midnight. Whether it’s Lubec, Maine or South Bend, Indiana – all are on the same time zone. When you think of it, that’s a lot of Real Estate; midnight there sure isn’t midnight here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would that require Moonlight Savings Time? HJM '71

January 17, 2009 8:37 AM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

Having pleasant things at the end of the day is kind of like dessert.

January 18, 2009 10:35 PM  

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