Israel Shuts Down As Feast Of Atonement Begins; Yom Kippur

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray along the Mediterranean Sea in the Israeli city of Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, while performing the 'Tashlich' ritual on September 17, 2018, during which 'sins' are cast into the water performed before the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, the most important day in the Jewish calendar, which this year will start at sunset on September 18. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Israel shut down on Tuesday evening for Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

All flights in and out of Ben Gurion airport ceased at 1:35 p.m.. The airport will reopen Wednesday night with arrivals starting at 9:30 p.m., while departures will resume at 11:30 p.m. Public transport also gradually halted with buses and trains stopping their routes until after the fast day.

As sundown approached, all local radio and television broadcasts gradually fell silent.

Times of Israel coverage will resume when the fast day is over on Wednesday night.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray for forgiveness (Selichot) at the Abuav Synagogue in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat, ahead of Yom Kippur, on September 17, 2018. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Yom Kippur, which began at Tuesday at sundown and ends Wednesday night, is marked with a 25-hour fast and intense prayer by religious Jews, while more…

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