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All was quiet

September 28, 2012

Empty road on Yom Kippur 1 | ガラガラの道路、ヨム・キプール1, RICOH CX5

Empty road on Yom Kippur 2 | ガラガラの道路、ヨム・キプール2, RICOH CX5

This past Wednesday was Yom Kippur, otherwise known as the Day of Atonement of the Jewish religion. For 25 hours beginning at sundown the day before, it is a day of fasting, prayers, and reflection. It is the quietest day of the year in Israel (well the Jewish areas anyway) as all businesses are closed, traffic is nearly non-existent, and even most television and radio stations go off the air.

We took a walk in the morning around the kibbutz and then out to the main road because I wanted to see if it was indeed completely empty. (If so I wanted to be totally typical and take a photo of myself lying down on it 🙂 )

As we walked we could actually feel the quiet. The stillness. We live in a relatively quiet place to begin with compared to cities or even small towns in Israel. We also live in a very secular area full of kibbutzim where people fasting are most likely the minority, but there was a distinct difference in the air. While looking at the same line of apartments and landscape as we do every day, the scenery was still the same but it strangely felt different.

According to this article on The Times of Israel, more than 99% of Israelis refrain from driving on Yom Kippur, resulting in a significant drop in air pollution.

The following day at work I learned one of the kibbutz members passed away on Yom Kippur. Since Jewish tradition requires burial to take place as soon as possible, most likely on the same day as the death, I asked my boss if the funeral was on Yom Kippur. The answer was no, the service had to be delayed due to the holiday. My boss was also surprised when I told her about our Yom Kippur fiasco two years ago when our friends’ cat nearly died if it weren’t for their vet who agreed to take care of it despite it being Yom Kippur. She couldn’t believe that the vet even picked up his phone and opened up his clinic for our friends.

Meanwhile certain parts of hospitals remain open during Yom Kippur, the emergency ward for obvious reasons, and also the maternity ward. While funeral services can be delayed, a birth… well, you can’t really postpone a birth even if you wanted to.

Have a great weekend my friends.


すごいありきたりだけど道路の真ん中で寝転んでいる自分の姿を写真におさめたかったんです 笑


The Times of Israelこの記事によると、99%以上のイスラエル人が


赤ちゃんが生まれたい時はどうやったって「もう一日待ってね」というわけにはいきませんもんね 笑


Much love,

3 Comments leave one →
  1. praisethelorne permalink
    September 28, 2012 10:31 pm

    Nu, where is the picture of you?

    • September 28, 2012 10:53 pm

      Ooh, you are becoming so Israeli. (I’ve become fond of the nu myself.)

      I did want to post the cheesy photo of myself lying on the pavement… but I was wearing crappy workout clothes! I couldn’t possibly expose myself like that. 🙂

      • praisethelorne permalink
        September 29, 2012 5:01 pm


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