Yom Kippur also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews.
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(Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים, IPA:
also known as Day of Atonement
, is the holiest and most solemn day of the year for the Jews.
Yom Kippur is a legal holiday in the modern state of Israel. There are no radio or television broadcasts, airports are shut down, there is no public transportation, and all shops and businesses are closed.
In 1973, an air raid siren was sounded on the afternoon of Yom Kippur and radio broadcasts were resumed to alert the public to the surprise attack on Israel by Egypt and Syria that launched the Yom Kippur War.
Over the last few decades, bicycle-riding and inline skating on the empty streets have become more common among secular Israeli youngsters, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur
It is considered impolite to eat in public on Yom Kippur or to drive a motor vehicle. There is no legal prohibition on driving or eating in public but in practice such actions are frowned upon, except in emergency service