Well, after Rosh Ha'Shanna which was celebrated last week, comes Yom Kippur which is The Day of Atonement. As I am writing this post we are in the midst of this holiday. Well, not really a holiday per-say rather a holy day. For religious folks it is the holiest day of all, in which for about 25 hours they fast and pray and hope for forgiveness of their sins, all in hopes to be inscribed in the book of life for the coming year.
I've mentioned in the past that I am not a religious person, though I do celebrate most of our holidays. I do so for two reasons. First is more spiritual. While I am not religious I am Jewish and for me being Jewish is not a religious thing. The second reason, and more important one, is that the holidays are family times. It's when we all get together with our loved ones and enjoy each others company (though I know in some families, the getting together part is not that enjoyable...).
Both my someone and myself have fasted in previous years on Yom Kippur. I don't know his reason for fasting, for me it was tradition, as well as an opportunity to cleanse my body. But this year we had both decided not to fast. We wanted to take advantage of the quietness of this holiday and the empty streets (there are no cars on the roads throughout the entire time of the fast) and take some photos we could only take on this day of the year.
At the start of the fast, as the sun was just about to say goodnight, we hopped on our bikes, with my camera at hand (and a mask we bought in Venice) and we hit the big roads and intersections of Tel Aviv
We started off on street, and headed towards the La Guardia intersection (and tunnel). Go here to see a video of the road
Then we turned on to Ayalon Highway heading towards the Azrieli Center and Towers. This is what Ayalon usually looks like on a normal day
We sat at the top of the bridge, something we couldn't do on a normal day, as it's for cars only- there are no sidewalks for pedestrians, and we enjoyed the view overlooking Maariv House