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Jun 18, 2014

Proposed law: Hebrew dates on driver's license

a new law has been proposed, and has already passed its first reading in Knesset.

The new law will add a person's Hebrew birthday to his driver's license, rather than it just bearing the "English date"..

MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) has proposed this law because recent studies have shown that over 50% of people in Israel do not know the Hebrew dates or even their Hebrew birthday.

This law is intended to strengthen that status of the Hebrew calendar, as an integral part of Israel being a Jewish state. Stern said that he believes Israel must remain both Jewish and democratic in character, but not at the expense of minorities.. the Hebrew date is an important part of this, but anybody who does not want it to appear on his or her license, for whatever reason, will be allowed to say so and the Hebrew date will not be added to that license..
source: Ladaat

and while the Haredi community, and even parts of the DL community, is more often than not at odds with MK Stern, due to some of his other legislation and opinions, MK Yisroel Eichler (UTJ) even praised Stern for this law proposal. Eichler said that the Hebrew calendar is one of the things that unite the nation as one of the integral parts of our history and tradition, and the Hebrew date should be marked in many places and on official documents so every child in Israel will also know the Hebrew calendar.
source: Kooker

By the way, learning the details of and using the Hebrew calendar is included in the mitzvah of "Hachodesh Haeh Lachem.."

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