I don’t know if you have noticed but ever since the high holidays are over we have alll been living an entirely new experience, one we never had in Israel for the last 30 years or more. I am, of course, talking about daylight savings time. Yes, you may find this trifling but we are now, in the middle of October still running on daylight savings time. And nobody, but unbelievably absolutely nobody is complaining. Not the Chareidim, not the Chardalim (Chareidi-Nationalist), not the National Religious, not the traditional Jews, not the secular Jews, not the non Jews. Nobody. We all love it. It’s a 100% unmitigated success.
Now this success comes after we have been told for 30 years if not longer, what a disastrous effect the extention of daylight savings time beyond the high-holidays would have on the lives of religious Jews with regard to prayer times, fasting times, slichot, children’s attention spans at school, their health, adult’s health, attention at work, you name it, it was supposed to have been impacted negatively. Countless party hacks worked overtime to prevent the extention of daylight savings time again and again, invoking rabbinical decrees and the wrath of the almighty. They did so successfully until that memorable day in 2013 when the present government was formed, sans Chareidim and a courageous and daring Minister of the Interior named Gideon Saar made his fateful move and extended daylight savings time until the end of October.
Now let’s think about this: For more than 30 years, the people of Israel were fed a story which was propped up by the religious political establishment and the secular political establishment was willing to buy into it, a story which, as many suspected was based on a bundle of lies. Nobody called the bluff, nobody really made an issue out of it or picked a fight over it. Nobody of consequence said this is baloney. Nobody insisted – let’s try for one year and see what happens. The representatives of one segment of the population took it upon themselves to use political power to force a complete lie upon the state, successfully, for 30 years. And it worked famously. It worked even though religious people who were supposed to be those affected by it knew that it was, to put it mildly, total bullshit.
Now if you think I am going to single out the religious political establishment for feeding us this bundle of lies for 30 years you got it wrong. I am absolutely certain that the religious political establishment is not alone. Here is my question: What other lies are we being fed by the political representatives of this or that part of the population and everybody in the political establishment flows with them and doesn’t call the bluff ? Do you really think the reason for not extending daylight savings time has been the only lie which has been propagated by our politicians ?
I can think of quite a few other things which I highly suspect are politically convenient lies and we are bombarded with them daily, either subtly or vocally and almost nobody makes an effort to challenge them and probably, so can you. Scary isn’t it? Shouldn’t we be doing something about them ? After all, if we stopped living political lies, giving up on them might well become an unmitigated 100% success, just like daylight savings time until the end of October….