This week marked the end of the Jewish High Holiday period which takes places annually over the months of September-October. Four Jewish holidays were celebrated this past festive month: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succoth, and Simchat-Torah. We went out to the streets of Tel Aviv and asked Israelis to recap. But for some Israelis, the holidays ended on a frightening note -- residents of the South had to spend the last holiday of Simchat Torah in shelters, seeing as Southern Israel was under renewed rocket attacks from the Gaza strip.
Nevertheless, Israelis are known for their spirit in overcoming hurdles and did not allow over 50 mortar shells to put a dampener on the general holiday period. After all, throughout this month, students were generally off from schools and universities, and businesses across the country were closed during the religious holidays. Most Israelis were on paid vacation from work --all in the name of spending quality time with family, attending synagogue, enjoying many holiday meals, and welcoming the new Jewish year. Now, it is time for them to go back to their routine. The high holidays have come to an end, and Jews in Israel and around the world, are concluding this period and preparing to return to regular life mode. This- until the next Jewish holiday coming up in December- the holiday of Hanukkah.
Sivan Raviv, JN1, Israel.