Yom Kippur, Hashing and Sushi
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
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The next day we returned our rental car and 3 minutes before we got there we got creamed from behind by a guy who said his brakes went out
Yom Kippur is this huge Jewish holiday in which the entire country shuts down. Nothing and I mean nothing is open and no one is allowed to drive. To make our experience complete Jon took us to Synagogue the night before so we could check out an authentic Yom Kippur experience. Basically they sing all these prayers that last for hours and hours.... it was interesting at first but then it got so boring that we had to leave...but I'm glad we got to see it. From sundown to sundown most Jewish people fast and stay very somber to think about their sins... But for the less religious they take the opportunity to ride their bikes on the empty city street and freeways. Jon and Ophry spent an entire day rounding up bikes for us and then fixing them so that on Yom Kippur we could experience what every little Israeli kid does. It was awesome we rode all around Tel Aviv, downtown, on the freeway, anywhere we wanted. There really were no cars (except for police, ambulance and the odd driver) but on this day, bikes, roller blades and skate boards rule the streets. We even played Frisbee in the middle of the freeway.
It was a totally unique experience.
We finished up the night of Yom Kippur with a Sushi Party at Jon house with a bunch of their friends and played Israeli UNO which is pronounced Karferkalong.... UNO is so much easier to say!