Most of Israel halted on day of atonement
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.