Most of Is­rael halted on day of atone­ment

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

JERUSALEM — The holi­est day of the Jewish cal­en­dar brought most of Is­rael to a halt for Ju­daism’s day of atone­ment.

Yom Kip­pur be­gan Fri­day evening, cap­ping a 10-day pe­riod of soul-search­ing for ob­ser­vant wor­ship­pers that be­gan with the Jewish New Year fes­ti­val. Yom Kip­pur is ob­served with a 25-hour fast and long prayers ask­ing God for for­give­ness.

The hol­i­day is unique in Is­rael be­cause vir­tu­ally the en­tire coun­try shuts down.

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