A strange near-serenity settled upon Israel during the holiday period, when the cadence of daily life is interrupted. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, there is a string of festive days in the Jewish calendar when everything pauses.

Yom Kippur aside, the tone is light, and the daily news much lighter. Everyone, it seems, is on holiday, including the politicos and pundits. For the most part, newsroom understudies get to sit in the anchor chair. Ratings plummet.

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