Today, Saturday, is the Sabbath here in Israel.  That means no work.  The entire hotel and restaurant industry honors the Jewish laws, which means no pushing buttons for electricity.  No burning of fuels or energy of any kind.  No watching television.  No cooking.  The school and work week start on Sunday,  and go for five and a half days, letting out on Friday afternoon. Banks and government offices all close at 1PM on Friday.  Television plays cooking shows on Friday afternoon because all housewives are home cooking all day in preparation for the Sabbath, when no work of any kind is allowed.

A day of rest.

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