The Streets of Israel Completely Transform Every Yom Kippur

by Leah Rosenberg

If you have ever visited, you’ll know that the streets of Israel are always busy. Except on the Jewish Day of Atonement, on Yom Kippur.

Streets of Israel on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a gift to the nation of Israel. G-d gave the Jewish people the opportunity to repent for their sins, for their wrongdoings. And not only to Him, but to others as well. People need to ask others for forgiveness – Yom Kippur only atones for the sins between man and man if humans seek forgiveness from each other. And Yom Kippur only atones for the sins between man and G-d if man seeks forgiveness from G-d and pledges to improve his own ways. No, we are not perfect, and G-d knows that – He created us! He does not require us to ACHIEVE perfection – but He does require us to STRIVE for it. And many Jews in Israel know about and understand the seriousness of the day. That is why the streets of Israel are practically empty on Yom Kippur. Cars which usually drive, every single day, are parked in their spots. The roads are nearly clear of anything. The day is holy, special, and unique. The day is crucial for the survival of the world. The Jewish people stand together side by side in prayer while fasting.

Maybe next Yom Kippur, the streets will be totally empty of even bicycles. Maybe next year, EVERY Jew will understand the holiness of the day and the true gift that it is.

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