Erev Yom Kippur - ערב יום כפור
The Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the year for the Jews.
Yom Kippur is the tenth day of the month of Tishrei and also regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person's fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to "seal" the verdict.
Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.
In Israel, there are no radio or television broadcasts, airports are shut down, there is no public transportation, and all shops and businesses are closed. Bicycle-riding and walking on the empty streets have become common among secular Israeli youngsters, especially on the eve of Yom Kippur.