Category Archives: yom kippur

The Holiday Season

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have come and gone here, but we are still in the midst of the holiday season, with Sukkot starting Tuesday night. It’s hard to get anything done during this time of year–you’re always getting ready for the next chag plus shabbat too. So there’s a lot of time spent food shopping and cooking if you end up hosting all of the meals (which I didn’t). Even if you don’t host each meal, it’s a very busy time.

Luckily for Rosh Hashana, we were invited for almost every meal by people of Ner Kedoshim, the orthodox shul that we’ve been frequenting here. By the time the chag was over, I was ready to go on a diet! Continue reading


Pollution Decreases During Yom Kippur

As I had mentioned in my previous blog, Jerusalem roads empty of cars on Yom Kippur. And most of the rest of the country does too. Which means that air pollution decreases considerably. See this link:

And I imagine that there are very few road accidents on that day too!

Holidays and Jerusalem

Yom Kippur has come and gone and Sukkot is fast approaching. It’s a really fun time to be in Jerusalem. Everyone here is busy buying and building their sukkot and purchasing their four species. My teachers at Pardes told us that Mea She’arim and Geula are the places to go during this time because there are tons of little stalls selling the Lulav, Etrog, Myrtle and Willow leaves. I’ll probably just go around the block to the Shtiblach to purchase mine. (The Shtiblach by the way is a building in my neighborhood where services take place in 4 separate rooms at staggered times. In the morning during the regular work week, for example, there is a service approx every 15 minutes.)  Tomorrow or the day after I will write a little about the different rules that I learned at Pardes today about building a sukkah and buying the four species. Continue reading