Daily Israel Report

Yom Kippur Ends, Jews Prepare for Sukkot

Sounds of the shofar reverberated throughout the land as Day of Atonement drew to a close.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/8/2011, 7:17 PM

Pint-sized shofar blower at the Kotel.
Pint-sized shofar blower at the Kotel.
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In synagogues throughout Israel, the shofar – ram's horn – was sounded to end the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Preparations are now afoot for Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, which begins Wednesday evening.

No extraordinary security-related events were reported during the holiday. In the last 24 hours, there were 22 road accidents in which 30 people were injured – one moderately and 29 lightly – according to Magen David Adom emergency services. Road traffic was light due to Yom Kippur – hence the relatively small number of accidents.     

Two cemeteries in Yafo were vandalized on the eve of Yom Kippur – one Christian, the other Muslim. Graffiti said "death to Arabs" and "price tag." There have been no arrests of suspects as of yet.

In Romema, Jerusalem, a fire broke out Friday night on the fourth floor of a residential building on Kedushat Aharon Street. Three fire crew aided by a crane put out the blaze. No one was hurt but an apartment was heavily damaged.

Border crossings were closed on Yom Kippur and will remain so until Sunday morning, except for the Taba Crossing that will open at 9:00 p.m. Saturday evening.

The first flight scheduled to land in Ben Gurion Airport after Yom Kippur is to do so at 9:30 p.m., and the first departure will take off 30 minutes later, according to the Airports Authority.