Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur 2012


If you want to know what it would feel like if the world stopped for a day, you should come to Tel Aviv for Yom Kippur.  On this holiday, the day of atonement, all businesses close and all traffic stops.  The city normally full of of traffic jams, honking, buses, packed cafes, and a whole lot of hustle and bustle, becomes silent.  

Pedestrians and bikers take over the empty streets, my sons included.  The older boys were off riding bikes with their friends, and little Adam stayed with me and Mike, and showed off his marathon potential.  I think he ran about half a mile on Tuesday night.   

As we walked, we met friends and neighbors on nearly every block.  We couldn’t stop to talk for long, though, because Adam was on the run.

At Rabin Square, Adam finally got tired.  He spent some time on Mike’s shoulders.  I know the photo is blurry, but maybe you can tell that Adam is holding Mike’s ears.  He is doing a lot of this ear-holding lately, and his frequent demand of, “Mama, I need to hold your ears now,” ranks high on my list of funniest things my kids have said.   

After resting on Mike’s shoulders, Adam ran home.

On Wednesday the dog enjoyed some freedom.  She was out in the middle of the street without her leash for a few minutes. (She has recovered wonderfully from surgery.)

And here we have the cats.  How could I not include them?  They didn’t join us outdoors on the holiday. (They’re indoor cats, but even if they weren’t I’m sure they’d have been way too busy napping.)  I instructed them to do maximum repenting.  MAXIMUM.  They may look cute here, but you should hear them at 3:00 a.m. We don’t call them the Terrible Two for nothing.  

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Caitlin Rufo-McCormick
Caitlin McRufo
9 years ago

Great to see the ‘Viv again (nobody calls it that) and Pink and the cats, too, of course.  Maybe we’ll find a way to come visit sometime. 
PS: I hope the Boug repented deeply.  My guess is he did not. 

Scott K. Johnson
10 years ago

The ear holding thing is super funny!  I love it!  And your dog looks fantastic!  So glad to hear!

10 years ago

This makes me want to come visit you guys. . . and hold your ears.

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