Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Today we commemorate the Day of Atonement which represents Judgment day; when the nation presents before the Almighty, repents for their sins seeking atonement and redemption.

It is a day of profound reflection, introspection, prayer, repentance, and reconciliation, all with one goal in mind: to ensure each person’s name is written in the Book of Life.

In fact, this day is considered so holy to this nation, that for 24 hours everything stops here in Israel. There are absolutely no vehicles anywhere on the roads or streets, all businesses are closed, even Ben Gurion International Airport completely shuts down its operations for 24 hours, with no incoming or outgoing air traffic. No other country in the world honors a holy biblical feast like Yom Kippur quite as Israel does.

Here’s a glimpse of what Yom Kippur looks and feels like in Israel:

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