The USA is wrong for holding on to the foot, inch, gallon, and Fahrenheit. It should join the community of nations and adopt the metric system. But Jews are the only People that should not assimilate because we are not founded on historic commonalities but on a holy Mission in life.
In Israel, salaries are paid by the ‘secular’ month. Books are kept by the ‘secular’ year. Why? The only people here who want Sunday to be a free day want that next to the free Jewish Shabbat, not instead of.
(NB: Non-Jewish and non-Israeli workers get days off from their tradition. Without having to take up vacation days and risk of being fired, as I had when I loved abroad and had to spend all my vacation day on keeping the Jewish holidays. Luckily, I could work all my Christian colleagues’ shifts which paid double so I was left without vacation but with extra pay.)
I firmly believe that history shows that the only compromise on democracy that is viable is when the State is under the direct leadership of a perfectly righteous Messiah. Until that time, we need full separation between State and religion. Anything less will lead to more corruption, nepotism, theft, and other cover-ups and deceit. But there is no secular in the Western year: it’s Christian. We could as well adopt the Iranian calendar.
We speak Hebrew, stores are closed and workers are home on Shabbat, and salaries should be paid at the end of every Hebrew month.
The Western calendar is based on the sun, the Muslim calendar is based on the moon, and the Jewish calendar is a combination of those. Actually, it’s the other way around: The other religions found the Jewish calendar too difficult and each produced their own simpler variant.
The Jewish calendar some years (7 out of 19) have a leap month. I’m sure that an extra month of salary and time just before Passover may help many with their Pesach shopping and cleaning. And we’re smart enough to adjust year figures to averages. (Every year has 12.37 months.)
Then, school years won’t start ever again four days before the High Holidays, which gives such a valse start feeling.
That doesn’t mean that I’m against public transportation on Shabbat. Why let the poorer Israelis who have no car suffer extra? But have only Gentiles drive them. Let them make a few extra bucks too.
Israel is the Nation-State of the Jewish People. So they can make aliyah — the rest needs a visa.
We do distinguish between Jews and Gentiles but not in a negative sense. Everyone is equal for the law, has equal representation, equal pay, etc.
From which does not follow at all that we should name and number our days after the Western calendar.
One advantage would be that in one generation, no Jewish Israeli would anymore want to say ‘happy new year’ around the beginning of January.
Last night I asked my bus driver: May I ask you something? Yes. Are you an Arab Muslim? He answered: Sure. And I am a Jewish Jew. And I think that this State should go in accordance with the Jewish calendar and not the ‘normal secular’ one because that’s really Christian. Indeed, he replied. I agree. All these drunk people and fireworks — so stupid and what a waste. He agreed, of course. We both beamed at our newly found unity. And then I added: And then Israel should ban Israel’s most popular drink, Coca-Cola. He looked puzzled. It’s American imperialism. He looked surprised. I’m joking, I explained. We both laughed and agreed, laughter is imperative.