Judith Aharon’s cluttered set metaphorically illustrates the four sisters’ cluttered emotions in the overheated soap opera that is Azoulay Hasfari’s Yom Kippur. Its Hebrew title is “Slichot” or the days of penitential prayer immediately preceding the fast day of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, a day so important that it even pre-empts Shabbat, the day on which man seeks forgiveness firstly from his fellow- man and only afterward from his God.
Understanding this is essential to the play, which begins shortly before the eve of Yom Kippur and ends at the Ne’ila, or closing of the fast, because its four protagonists are deeply estranged, and have been for years.
The plot acts as scaffolding for the sisters’ agonized interactions. Not only has their mother has disappeared without saying where she’s going, she has also returned her Netivot apartment to Amidar*.