This past Monday, Sivan 9 the Knesset's Labor and Welfare
Committee approved a proposed law presented by Rabbi Avrohom
Ravitz for its second and third readings. If it passes these
readings in the Knesset, it becomes law. This proposal
obligates all places of employment to grant workers prayer
breaks in the course of the work day.
In his presentation of the law to the committee, Rabbi Ravitz
said that he felt that it was necessary to enact such a law
in light of the media's report that certain businesses do not
enable their workers to pray during work hours, or even to
pray anywhere on their premises. "The proposed law explicitly
determines that every worker is permitted to pray during his
work day, in accordance to the demands of his religion,"
Rabbi Ravitz stressed.
He noted that the Knesset should be proud that it is enacting
a law which will enable workers to honor and observe all of
the customs of their religion, everywhere, including in their
places of employment. This law, he said, is very