Yes, the magic moment has arrived once again! Daylight Saving Time is on our doorstep. The coming night the whole continent changes to Summer Time, so that – no matter how easy the living may be – we’ll all be suffering from a minor bout of jet lag for the next two weeks. Don’t speculate on the stock market, I would say. Try not to operate heavy machinery, and forget about solving a Sudoku. You are not up to any of these tasks, for the brain functions as if it had received a soft whack with a sledgehammer.
But if you think you’re having a head-ache, imagine the plight of the poor technician who has to re-set the clocks on this stately building in Prague’s old Jewish quarter! How is he to know that Hebrew letters have a fixed number-value? And even if he knew, does a Hebrew clock run, well… clock-wise or counter-clockwise? And if a helpful passing Rabbi were to tell him ‘clock-wise, my friend’, does that then mean: to the left, or to the right?
Small surprise that these two clocks do not coincide in any conceivable manner!