Tag Archive for Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur clashes with Israel Police in East Jerusalem gets Palestinian killed


20 yr-old Molotov cocktail throwing Ali Atef Shuyukhi was killed as he and other masked Palestinian rioters attacked, endangering Israeli forces in Silwan.

By Elior Levy, Roi Yanovsky


A Palestinian man was killed in clashes that broke out between Israeli Police and Border Police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Tuesday night, during the Yom Kippur fast.

Palestinian throws firebomb at Jews – illustrative file photo

Ali Atef Shuyukhi, 20, was shot dead in the clashes, which lasted for a few hours. He was released from Israeli prison a few months ago after serving a year-and-a-half-long sentence.The

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Photo Essay: Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur


The Jewish Holy day takes on a different, unique solemn atmosphere in the state’s secular & vibrant metropolis, than in any other city in Israel.

By Jessi Satin


Nine days after Jews around the world rang in the New Year on Rosh Hashana, sundown Tuesday marked the beginning of Yom Kippur—the Jewish day of atonement.

Tel Aviv’s big synagogue - Photo: Jessi Satin

Tel Aviv’s big synagogue – Photo: Jessi Satin

Nearly everything in Israel comes to standstill for this day, considered the holiest of the year. No one drives, all stores and restaurants close save for a select few small businesses owned by non-Jewish families.

In the Orthodox tradition, Yom Kippur is spent in synagogue or at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, praying and asking forgiveness for sins committed over the last year, and fasting—an action of self-denial and humility. Continue Reading »

Entry to Temple Mount Restricted to Men Over 40 Until End of Yom Kippur


Israel security personnel on high alert in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria and Gaza prior to Yom Kippur & the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha which follows.

By Uzi Baruch


Jerusalem District Commander Moshe Edri on Monday evening announced that the entry of Muslims to the Temple Mount compound will be restricted in the coming days, in light of the ongoing violence in the area and in the wake of intelligence received that Arab youths intend to cause disturbances during the Yom Kippur holiday.

Under the guidelines, only Muslim men aged 40 and older will be permitted to enter the compound, as well as women of all ages. Continue Reading »

Millennium old Yom Kippur prayer book fragment from Cairo to be posted online


The Cairo Geniza, discovered in a synagogue in Cairo’s Old City, is a unique 1000 yr-old document and comes from the oldest Yom Kippur prayer book in Israel’s National Library collection.

By Yori Yalon


A unique fragment of a Yom Kippur prayer book from the Cairo Geniza, one of the most important resources for understanding Jewish culture, religion, economics and literature from the Middle Ages to the present, is slated to be uploaded to the website of the National Library of Israel.
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University of Georgia students & alumni protest homecoming football game on Yom Kippur

Student’s online petition objects to university’s decision to schedule homecoming game on Judaism’s holiest day, has amassed over 2,000 signatures.



An online petition protesting the university of Georgia’s decision to hold its homecoming football game on Yom Kippur has acquired some 2,000 signatures.

Herty Field, University of Georgia.

Herty Field, in the center of the University of Georgia’s North Campus, was UGA’s first home football field. – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The petition decrying the scheduling conflict was addressed to the university president.

Georgia is playing Vanderbilt in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday that is scheduled to start at 4 p.m, several hours before the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

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Israel’s Deputy FM Elkin Requests UN Recognize Yom Kippur

The request for formal recognition as official UN holiday is not unusual since currently there are 10 formal ‘UN holidays,’ with 2 of them the Muslim holidays of Id al-Fitr & Id al-Adha.


Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) and Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor have launched a joint initiative to get the United Nations to recognize the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday.

Deputy FM Ze'ev Elkin and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. – Photo by Courtesy

The two spoke with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday, requesting international recognition for the importance of the holiday to Jews, and to allow UN employees to take the day off without it being considered a vacation day. Continue Reading »

No serious security-related events on Yom Kippur

As hundreds of thousands flocked to synagogues on the holy day, no extraordinary security-related events to report.

By Gil Ronen


No extraordinary security-related events were reported on the high holy day of Yom Kippur, as hundreds of thousands flocked to synagogues throughout Israel.

Magen David Adom teams took 1,973 people to hospitals. A total of 130 people fainted, mostly as a result of the heavy heat and the fact that so many people were fasting on Yom Kippur.

Preparations are now being made for the upcoming Sukkot holiday, and the rabbi of the Kotel (Western Wall) Shmuel Rabinovich estimated that a record-breaking million and a half visitors would arrive at the Kotel by the end of Sukkot. Continue Reading »

The Yom Kippur War – 40 Years Ago




40 years on, the Yom Kippur War cost 2,522 Israeli fatalities, traumatized a generation & profoundly impacted the Jewish state.




It started at 2 p.m. As if echoing the thunders that once paralyzed their forebears at Mount Sinai’s foothills, 436 Israeli troops scattered in 16 outposts along the Suez waterfront were showered out of the blue with 10,000 shells spewed from 2,000 artillery barrels, while 8,000 Egyptian troops emerged from the water and 240 warplanes descended from the sky.
IDF TROOPS cross the Suez Canal, October 1973.

IDF TROOPS cross the Suez Canal, October 1973. – Photo: Jerusalem Post archives

By day’s end, with nearly half of the soldiers in those outposts dead, vast Egyptian armies parked at Sinai, and 1,400 Syrian tanks on the Golan Heights – one fact hovered above the battlefield’s thick fog: Israel had been stunned.

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Australian elections scheduled for Yom Kippur

Liberal MP protests decision saying, “disenfranchises many Jewish Australians.”
Jewish leader responds: “not a problem…”



Australia’s upcoming national elections will be held on September 14 -which is the date on which Yom Kippur falls this year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced on Monday, arousing heated debate among politicians and Jewish community leaders.

Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Photo by APAfter her announcement at the National Press Club in the capital Canberra, MPs from both Labor and the Liberal party were quick to attack the decision, both due to the long campaigning season that it has inaugurated and because some believe it to be insensitive to Australia’s Jewish community.

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