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Sep 15, 2013

How did DST affect your Yom Kippur experience?

There was a lot of anger about the extension of Daylight Savings Time until the end of October, some of it focused on how it would affect the Yom Kippur experience. I am curious how it actually affected your Yom Kippur - was your fast harder,  was davening longer, was it easier,  in what way did it actually affect your Yom Kippur experience?

Davening by us did not start later than usual, even though the shuls got that extra hour of daytime tacked on at the end of the day. Instead, we had a two and a half hour break after Mussaf. That was great. I was able to go home and lay down, and even sleep a little and rest up for the end of the davening.. I did not notice any difference in the fasting - it was not more difficult for me due to the day being "longer". It was not hotter in shul due to more daylight hours - the air conditioning worked fine.

How did DST affect your Yom Kippur experience?



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11 comments:

  1. No impact whatsoever - davening started later and ended later.

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  2. i also enjoyed the longer break.
    actually had a chance to sleep a bit.

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  3. Unless someone fasted both with changing the clock and without, under essentially the same conditions, there's no way to tell.

    The air-conditioning not working well in shul (and actually stop working during Kol Nidre) affected it a lot more.

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    1. It was a plot by Yair Lapid to sabotage the a/c in all shuls.

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  4. Yet another mountain made out of a molehill for political capital, it seems.

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  5. Yair Lapid's efforts didn't make it here - the a/c in shul was great :-)

    I like this arrangement much better - I appreciated the extra hour to get ready Erev YK, and because I generally daven vatikin so I can free my wife from childrearing duties and she can daven, I appreciated having minyan at 5:40 instead of 4:40. No difference at all with the fasting. The only small drawback is that it's a bit harder to start working on the sukka on Motzaei Yom Kippur because by the time we eat, get the kids settled in bed and straighten up, it's quite late. But in all, I give the new system a resounding thumbs up.

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  6. Our break was a an hour longer.

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  7. Prefer the DST YK that we had this year - meant that the Neitz Minyan started an hour later at the reasonable time of 5:50, as opposed to 4:50 in previous years.

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  8. Yom Kippur is the same number of hours of fasting whenever you start, why would you possibly want to fight with other Jews no matter which way you like it?

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  9. I really appreciated the extra hour on Erev YK, made it much less rushed

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  10. The extra time was nice because we didn't have to rush through mincha like we normally do.

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