This past weekend was the holiest of Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. It is the tradition to fast for 24 hours, spend some time in services praying and reflect on your transgressions over the past year. Here in Israel the entire country shuts down, no stores are open and no one is allowed to drive on the streets. While there are of course many people following the religious traditions quite closely, most people in Tel Aviv take to the streets and utilize the freedom to frolic.
Despite the slight post-apocalyptic feeling, kids are whizzing in and out of turn lanes on bicycles, parents are pushing strollers down the double lines and couples are holding hands under traffic lights.
I of course was right alongside the rest of Tel Aviv in the streets, but I also took a moment to think about my actions and thoughts over last year and how I want to change my behavior for the future.
Those 24 hours were so peaceful without the hum of the cars and everyone on the street was smiling and having a good time. I am so glad I was here to witness this annual phenomenon and take part in something so special.
Now after that quick break from reality I have a full week ahead of me packed with a hiking trip to the Golan Heights in Israel and a quick get away to Budapest! More details to come…