First of all, I would like to thank the person who posted a comment regarding the last post who directed me to a fascinating and worthwhile lecture about starlings by Rabbi Mordechai Rhine which you can view here.
And now, to switch the topic...
A LABOR backbencher will not take part on the Federal Election day because it falls on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
...Victorian Michael Danby said Labor had to make special voting arrangements for the nation's 107,000-strong Jewish community or lose support from voters.
The September 14 election falls on Yom Kippur and critics have lined up to take issue with Julia Gillard's timing.
..."As a matter of personal conscience I will be unable to participate on election day. It is my practice, with my wife Amanda, to observe Yom Kippur," Mr Danby said in a statement.
...But director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Peter Wertheim, says the majority of Australia's 107,000 Jews would not be fussed about the date.
"To be absolutely truthful it is not a major issue for us, because every election takes place on the Jewish Sabbath," Mr Wertheim told news.com.au.
Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/its-kosher-jewish-leaders-defend-yom-kippur-election-date/story-fncynkc6-1226565208415