Non-Religious Israelis Keep Magen Dovid Adom Busy with Bike and Wheel-Related Injuries on Yom Kippur


magen-david-adomSeveral hundred non-religious Israelis were hurt on bikes, skateboards, skates and rollerblades and needed first aid over the Yom Kippur fast.

Bicycle-riding has become a popular “pastime” for secular Israelis on Yom Kippur, when the roads are essentially empty of cars.

Magen Dovid Adom went on over 2,300 calls, taking over 2,100 people to hospitals. The injuries included people who fell off bicycles, scooters, skates and rollerblades. A total of 241 adults and children were hurt on rollerblades, skateboards and bikes.

A man in his 60s was evacuated when he nearly drowned in the Yam Hamelach.

Other unusual events included a 12-year-old girl whose hand was stuck in an electric gate at Moshav Avigdor; two of her fingers had to be amputated, Rachmana litzlan.

A 15-year-old who was doing somersaults hurt himself in Shadmot Devora and was evacuated by ambulance, attached to a respirator, to a hospital.

May it be that next year, iy”H, if the geulah does not come, all Jews will join with the rest of us in shul, beseeching Hakadosh Boruch Hu for forgiveness and a happy, healthy, fruitful and blessed new year.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. what do we say every year somebody gets hurt building the sukkah. Or drowns in a mikvah do bad thing only happen to non drum yidden that we can point and say see I was right? How many people need help for the similar injuries on a regular day keep in mind there a over 6,000,000 people living there and over at least 500,000 that do not celebrate Yom Kippur the number of injured seems in range. And even if not, if we feel we can point to this as a sign from G-d what do we say when someone gets hurt doing a mitzvah .

  2. It’s not so clear that it is actually assur to ride a bicycle on Yom Kippur. In fact, while now there is a general minhag not to, at one time observant Sepharadim rode bicycles to shul on Shabbat and yamim tovim.

  3. Instead of focusing on the number of people who did not observe all the halachas of Yom Kippur, why not mention the fact that the majority of Israelis – “religious” or not – fast on Yom Kippur? We should be remembering our fellow Jews for z’chus. And remember, the Book in Shomayim isn’t sealed until Hoshana Rabbah. We’re still under surveillance, so to speak, for 5775, and we should be careful what we do and what we say, especially in regard to our fellow Jewss (and not just in Elul and Tishrei).

  4. Perhaps if you try greeting them the whole year and say HELLO they might be more
    receptive to opening up their hearts and minds to the right ways.