11/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yom Kippur Looked Pretty Green, Carless In Tel Aviv

That's right - Yom Kippur. A somber day of introspection in most of Israel, in mellow Tel Aviv the Day of Atonement is the closest thing to a day without cars in the Middle East. With all cars banished from the pavements for 25 hours, helmet-clad children take to the streets in their masses.

In contemporary Israel, where land is running out, asphalt is eating up the landscape, the air is thick with smog and gas isn't getting any cheaper, a day like this is an absolute necessity, reminding us all that the car's dominance of our living space is not a divinely-ordained decree, but a conscious decision that we have made - and that we can decide otherwise if we wish.

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