We have arrived in Israel just in time for Yom Kipper a very important Jewish holiday.
Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.
The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. In Days of Awe, I mentioned the “books” in which G-d inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.
So today is a total day of rest and fasting in Israel. Which means we are goofing off. 🙂 No cars or any motorized transport runs at all, including Airlines or busses. Here is a video done by friends of ours in Israel. Chelita is taking the movie, starting from left to right we have Chelita’s Mother, Svet, Kyle and Misha! We just got done with traditional feast the day before Yom Kipper. Now comes the 25 hour fasting.
We are having a blast in Israel and are taking lots of pictures.
That is all for today…
Kyle & Svet
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