Our village synagogue. Women have to sit upstairs, behind a curtain.Shofarot on sale in Jerusalem's Ben-Yehuda Street pedestrian mall. Only $10 for a shofar, a ram's horn.
Jews have the religious obligation not to blow the shofar but rather to HEAR the shofar on Yom Kippur. Many of us who hardly ever set foot in a synagogue during the year will be sitting (or more often, standing) in our neighborhood synagogue this Wednesday evening and Thursday day for the on-going prayers.
Yom Kippur is a day of fasting. No food or drink from late Wednesday afternoon until 5:50 p.m. Thursday (Jerusalem time). It is a solemn day of communal prayer for forgiveness and atonement.
Israel virtually shuts down for the Day of Atonement. Even Ben-Gurion International Airport is closed. No one drives. An ambulance would be the only vehicle on the street. No TV, no radio.
Can you believe?--I will even be shutting down my computer.