Two men, aged 25 and 60, were seriously injured when their car crashed into a tree in Tiberias en route to a nighttime recitation of the slichot prayers at Rabbi Akiva’s grave.
The 25-year-old man was seriously injured, while the 60-year-old was moderately-to-seriously hurt. A third man, in his 30s, was lightly hurt.
The three were treated by emergency rescue personnel at the scene. The younger man was then evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, while the two older men were transferred to the city’s Poriyya Medical Center.
The slichot prayers and penitential hymns are traditionally recited before and during the High Holidays.