By Erev Shabbos, the time difference between Eretz Yisrael and North America will once again be seven hours as we ‘catch up’.
On Thursday night (26 March) to Friday morning (27 March) at 2:00am, clocks will be moved forward one hour to daylight savings time. The law requires moving to DST on the last Friday before April 2nd.
Moving back to standard time however is done in accordance to the Jewish calendar, on the motzei Shabbos between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, at which time clocks are moved from 2:00am to 1:00am.
Experts report the DST, which results in a longer day, saves the economy some NIS 13.5 million in energy costs.
In a related matter, on this motzei Shabbos (28 March to 29 March), clocks in Europe will also move to DST, moving ahead at 2:00am to 3:00am.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)