Israel grinds to a halt as Jews fast for Yom Kippur

A man rides his bicycle on a car-free highway, during the holiday of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv, Friday, Sept 29. 2017. Israelis are marking Yom Kippur, or 'Day of Atonement,' which is the holiest of Jewish holidays when observant Jews atone for the sins of the past year and the Israeli nation comes to almost a complete standstill. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israelis ride their bicycles on a car-free highway, during the holiday of Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv, Friday, Sept 29. 2017. Israelis are marking Yom Kippur, or 'Day of Atonement,' which is the holiest of Jewish holidays when observant Jews atone for the sins of the past year and the Israeli nation comes to almost a complete standstill. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

JERUSALEM — The holiest day of the Jewish calendar has brought most of Israel to a halt for Judaism's day of atonement.

Yom Kippur began Friday evening capping a 10-day period of soul-searching for observant worshippers that began with the Jewish New Year festival.

It is observed with a 25-hour fast and long prayers asking God for forgiveness.

The holiday is unique in Israel as virtually the entire country shuts down. Businesses and airports close; radio and TV stations go silent.

Roads are eerily quiet devoid of traffic. Some secular, mostly young, Israelis take advantage of near-empty roads and highways with bicycle and skateboard rides.

Israel's military shut West Bank crossings citing security assessments. A Palestinian had killed three Israelis and wounded another at a settlement on Tuesday.

Must Read

Happy Beer Day! Iceland marks 30th anniversary of...

Mar 1, 2019

Icelanders are celebrating the end, three decades ago, of a sobering dry spell in their country's...

Is Ivanka Trump Jewish? In Israel, she has a...

Jan 26, 2017

After US election, Israeli religious authorities silent on earlier doubts over rabbi in Ivanka...

In Israel, teaching kids cyber skills is a...

Feb 4, 2017

Israel is placing high hopes in the country's youth in its quest to become a world leader in...

Israel's 'crown prince' Netanyahu under fire for...

Aug 4, 2017

Israel's 'crown prince,' Netanyahu's oldest son, draws public rebuke over crude behavior, social...

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel...

Dec 14, 2017

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has stirred defiance and new fears of...

Sign up now!

About Us

Walk To The Place offers travel news of popular destinations for travelers with the urge to explore these places.

Contact us: sales[at]walktotheplace.com

Subscribe Now!