Yom Kippur

Jews across the globe have just celebrated Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. In Israel, everything comes to a halt for the 25 hours of the fast. No cars on the road, no children going to school, nobody doing any business. Even in Tel Aviv, seen as Israel’s secular capital, the metropolis sleeps for… Read more »

There is only one day in the Jewish year when it is quite safe for children to ride their bicycles – of course with a suitable helmet and preferably knee and shoulder pads – in the usually busy streets and highways of Israel. It is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which will be observed this year – from sunset on Tuesday, September 18 and will end about 25 hours later on Wednesday 19.

The month of Elul is one of the most important in the Jewish calendar. The last month of the Jewish year, it is the preamble to the coming High Holy Days – Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It is a special time of repentance and reflection.