Yom Kippur, a day of atonement and repentance, is considered the holiest of Jewish holidays. The Day of Atonement is marked by a 25-hour period of fasting, intense reflection and prayers, and involves a number of traditional ceremonies, including the Kaparot, where chickens are waved in the air and later ritually slaughtered.
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I agree with the comments - why are only the ultra Orthodox shown? - is this your only vision of what jews really are? - has TIME become so narrow minded??? if you are going to do a photo essay then do it with ture coverage and show the entire picture, as Yom Kipper is also observed in fasting and other restrictions by many who on a regular Sabbath do not obeserve anything.
I also want to join the comments here - 11 photos showing only One way of respecting Yom Kipur.
I'm an Israeli and a secular, living in Tel Aviv. My Yom Kipur was a peacful, secular day, apprasing family and close friends, silence and the enironment (with avoiding TVs, interenet and cars).
Judaism is a varied religion, like people are. Please don't put a label on us.
You have an entire country of approximately 2 million Jewish families with very diverse Yom Kippur observational rituals and practices to report on, and you managed to focus only on the ultra Orthodox. That is not showing how the diverse Jewish population of Israel observes a religious holy day. Is Israel so geographically large that the photojournalist could not afford to travel to see the diverse practices? Time, you are capable of much better journalism. I have seen you do it in the past. I hope you do better in the future.
with respect: yom kippur isn't 'celebrated' as much as it is 'observed'. it's quite a solemn and serious day! with fasting! it's hard to celebrate when fasting.
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