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Archive for September 13th, 2013

Yom Kippur

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is considered the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. In Israel, it is observed with fasting and prayer.

Yom Kippur is a legal holiday in the modern state of Israel. There are no radio or television broadcasts, airports are shut down, there is no public transportation, and all shops and businesses are closed.

It is considered impolite to eat in public on Yom Kippur or to sound music or to drive a motor vehicle. There is no legal prohibition on any of these, but in practice such actions are universally avoided in Israel during Yom Kippur, except for emergency services.

Over the last few decades, bicycle-riding and inline skating on the empty streets have become common among secular Israeli youngsters, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur. Click here to learn more.

I loved visiting Israel. You can learn more about my adventures by clicking here.

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