Yom Kippur

It is the holiest day of the year in Jerusalem and the city has totally shut down. Cable stations are dark. Nothing is moving on the roads and the airport is closed. It is gloriously sunny and peaceful.

Our neighborhood is mixed (which in this context means Jewish religious and secular). Religious folks are wearing head-to-toe white, the color of death and purity, with Crocs or sneakers (the Talmud prohibits leather shoes on this day). Men have on their prayer shawls. It’s quite beautiful. Most people are at home or in services. The silence is deep.

For secular families, the tradition is to walk or bike on the empty streets. So we did too.


About hilarymead

Taking two young kids, a great husband, and a whole lot of questions to Jerusalem for a year's sabbatical.
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3 Responses to Yom Kippur

  1. Lindsey says:

    What an extraordinary experience. Today and every day. Sending you love. xox

  2. Suzanne says:

    So glad you have been there for such an amazing day. I remember my Yom Kippur experiences vividly. And I also remember the way the city quieted down outside my apartment every Shabbat. Quite wonderful. Reminded me that I don’t have to be on the run the whole of my life….

  3. launaschweizer says:

    OH, I am so moved by that photo of your tiny girls in the middle of that enormous street.

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