Knesset spreads Shabbat spirit 

Knesset spreads Shabbat spirit 

In Israel, a day of rest is no longer reserved for the strictly religious. The Knesset approved a law that lets employees ask for a day off on Shabbat — even if they are not religiously observant.

The Work and Rest Hours law had required employees of any religion to prove that they were religiously observant in order to take off work for their day of rest.

The new legislation, proposed by Aliza Lavie of the Yesh Atid party and Miki Zohar of Likud, was passed unanimously on Monday.

The two lawmakers explained that some observe Shabbat traditions such as a Friday night dinner without observing the letter of religious law and should be allowed a break from work.

Those employed in jobs that involve public health or safety still cannot refuse to work on their sabbath, whether or not they are observant.

JTA Wire Service

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