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Sep 11, 2013

The Annual Meditation Day

“Yom Kippur”, the Jewish day of Atonement,
is one of Israel’s most unique days.
Not that I am religious.
I do not go to the synagogue nor do I  pray.
Yet, I find that day very special
and I am happy to experience it year after year.
The day before – Yom Kippur’ eve, 
you can feel how the  typical  atmosphere
gradually  slows down in the streets.
The whole country is put on hold:
Traffic  gradually stops, people 
gather at homes.

Quiet wraps the world
like a soft blanket.
Can you imagine?
Suddenly you can hear birds’ singing,
in the middle of the city…
There is not a single store open,not a single bus running, 
 nor is  there  public radio or TV on the air.
(I guess the unfamiliar tourists are probably shocked…)
As I said: Israel is on hold. 
In the evening, everyone, especially young families
and youngsters, go out
and walk in the middle of  the  streets

(as there is absolutely no traffic).

For one day a year, people return to old times
and socialize face to face…
Back at home, I prefer to do something spiritual
like read, or listen to music.
Most of all, I enjoy the  absolute  quiet,
knowing that I am experiencing a unique 
phenomena …

This is the time of the year we address each other with

                                “Shana Tova”

                                ( a happy new year)

               which  I  warmly  send   to every one of you!


To bring in  good  new  year,
I have made  specially joyful
and optimistic earrings, which are my
“rose-colored glasses”…

See you in my next post, next year…



  1. An unusual day all over the World. It is wonderfully described (I have been there once in my life and felt it).
    Interesting Vita, thank you very much for sharing with us.

    Le Shana tove


  2. Well described.

    The world with the new generation do not enjoy or understand what face to face socialising means.

    They do NOT understand what is being missed in such gatherings.

    The advanced world of electronics has left us without being able hug each other, shake hands with each other or see enjoyment/expressions in each other's eyes whenever we meet.

    Too bad.

    Today, the world is such that we only meet most often at a funeral.

    Very often, condolences are never what it used to be, send an email , send a tweet and forget about visiting the grieving families..

    Gmar Hatima Tova.


    1. Well "a",
      it seems that we have to get used to it .
      Yet, I also fight it with my grandchildren:Recently, I "launched" a new family rule: When my family gets together for dinner in my house, everyone edults and grandchildren, have to "deposite" their cellular phones...( it was hard,especially with the young ones who did not understand my move, and I hope I'll be consistent...)
      I wish you a very good and joyful year,


  3. Agree with you. I such a shame that our best merit as human beings has began in a process of irreversible shift.


    1. Hi "E",
      Having lived in such enormouse changes,we share the same frustrations...
      Read about my private "fight" with my family,(I wrote about it in the previous comment...
      I wish you a wonderful year


  4. SHANA TOVA to you dear Vita!
    I love your blogs.
    I love your jewelry but...
    most important...
    I love YOU!

  5. Dear dear Tracy,
    I did not know that you read my "literature"...
    You probably know that I love you too, but it does not hurt to say it again!
    I wish you all the I same I wish to myself...