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September 30, 1999
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An Israeli woman decided as part of her atonement for Yom Kippur to return items she stole from a hotel near the Dead Sea. “I decided to return all that I took because we became religious and we are sorry for those acts,” the woman wrote in a letter to the Nirvana Hotel, days before Yom Kippur. As part of her atonement, she returned to the hotel silverware, towels and a bathrobe she had taken before checking out. After an Israeli newspaper chronicled the woman’s story, two other former guests at the hotel decided to make similar gestures. The hotel said it would not prosecute the individuals.

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