Yom Kippur is for sure one of the most important holidays of the year for Jewish people. This September I got the chance to work in Israel and get closer to some local traditions. It was pretty cool to experience all that and spend the holiday of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv – let’s take a look at some pictures…
What does Yom Kippur mean?
To be short – Yom Kippur is the main day of the year for all the Jewish. Yom Kippur – 10th day after Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) in the Hebrew calendar. So, this year in 2013 the holiday started on the evening of 13 September and ends around 25 hours later.
Idea of Yom Kippur – period of fasting,intensive prayer and visits to the synagogue. Just one day of the year, when Hebrew Bible instructs not to do anything, except for the analysis of actions and thoughts.
During Yom Kippur in Israel everything is shut down: airports, TV and radio stations, all shops and restaurants. So, if you are going to be in the country during this holiday you better be prepared and have a plan for the day.
How Tel Aviv looks during the Yom Kippur
The best idea that turists can do in Tel Aviv during the Yom Kippur holiday – spend a day at the beach (just don’t forget to take some snacks/food with you). Most of the hotels in Tel Aviv are located on the coast and most likely you are not going to have any problems getting to the water. If you’re not staying downtown, you can try to walk or rent a bike to get there.
As a joke Yom Kippur is also called the holiday of the bicycles. Maybe just once in a while you can see on the streets emergency services with motor vehicles such as police or ambulance.
Most likely you’ll see people walking or biking…
Or… Playing games in the middle of the road… Such a smart idea, why not?!
I hope you enjoyed this post and were able to experience the atmosphere of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. I’ll see you on the pages of the russianblogger.me!