Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yom Kippur at Jaffa

Kids enjoy biking during the afternoon of Yom Kippur

Bikers treading Yefet Street

Single row of bikers

Clock Tower area at Jaffa
Time out from the long ride. This shawarma restaurant is the only
one open in the Clock Tower area

Bridge on the Tel Aviv beach walk

Zero-car Kaufman Street

Surely the Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the most significant holiday of the Israelis / Jews if only because it is obviously the most observed of all the holidays.

From last Friday’s sun down up to today’s (Saturday, Yom Kippur) sunset, everyone refrains from doing anything. The religious especially, refrain from work, and taking in food and water. This should be the case as the Yom Kippur holiday is considered a total Sabbath.

Yom Kippur is also a car-less, autobus-less and sherut-less day. People, especially the children, get around with their bicycles. Others go with their pair of skates and even skateboards. The bike shops along the Yerushalayim Street surely had brisk sales yesterday.

We went out for some walking from Even Shoshan Street at Jaffa all the way down to the corner of Kaufman Street at the Textile Tower. And as expected, more people can be found in the area, mostly riding their bikes or simply strolling along, some in the middle of the streets and on road islands.

And now that Yom Kippur has ended, I am looking forward to another Jewish holiday which is the Sukkot, starting September 27.

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