Yom Kippur Ends, Sukkah Building Begins



Many hundreds of thousands of Jews spent part or all of the day in shuls today – and for many of them, the dramatic fast-ending shofar blast was the signal for the fulfillment of additional mitzvos: Maariv, Kiddush Levana, Havdalah, and a start to building sukkahs, with Sukkos set to begin four nights from now.

Here in Israel, Ben Gurion International Airport reopened right after the taanis, with the first international flight at about 8:30 p.m.

Over the taanis, Magen David Adom reported treating over 2,168 people. Fifty-eight people fainted, and 28 others needed resuscitation. MDA ambulances transferred 122 women to hospitals to give birth, and but two gave birth at home because the babies arrived suddenly. A total of 246 children were hurt on bikes, skateboards, skates and rollerblades and needed first aid. In addition, 54 people were injured in 15 road accidents around the country despite meager traffic.

Bicycle-riding has become a popular “pastime” for secular Israelis on Yom Kippur, when the roads are essentially empty of cars. May it be that next year, iy”H, if the geulah does not come, those 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.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Newscenter}