TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
By David Dolan
The holiest day in the annual Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, begins this evening at sunset. It commemorates the time in antiquity when, upon God’s instructions spelled out in the Bible, the Jewish High Priest would take the blood of a slain sacrificial lamb into the Jerusalem Temple’s Holy of Holies. There he would seek atonement from the Almighty for the sins of the people.
Israeli security forces will be on extra alert to prevent any attempts to disrupt the peace while ambulance crews stand by for the inevitable handful of citizens who will fall ill from fasting.
Most soldiers normally receive home furloughs during Yom Kippur. However with war raging in nearby Syria and turmoil gripping many Arab countries, many will stay this year on their military bases.