This is how the streets in Israel look like during the holiest, most celebrated day in Judaism. Yom Kippur is the day of atonement, prayer, and fasting and comes only 10 days after the first of the two High Holidays, Rosh Hashana. The days between are called Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. For practising Jews it’s tradition to visit friends and foes to ask for forgiveness on this day, before your destiny, the “Book of Life”, is sealed at nightfall. No cars are seen on the roads, except a couple ambulances and a few private cars, therefore people, mainly children, are taking advantage and enjoying the day by walking around in the middle of the empty highways, biking and skating on the car roads, and what not. Besides it reminding me of the rather scary apocalypse scenario from I Am Legend at first, it was truly a unique day with an amazing atmosphere everywhere I walked. I guess holidays just has that effect.
Places: Jaffa, Ayalon Highway (south), Bat Yam. Photo credit: Masih Sadat/The Turban Times