An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man swings a chicken over his head as part of the Kaparot ritual in Jerusalem. Observers believe the ritual transfers one’s sins from the past year into the chicken, and is performed before the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year which starts at sundown Friday.
A Palestinian Bedouin woman stands next to her sheep in the West Bank village of Al-Eizariya, near east of Jerusalem
Palestinian youths set fire to tyres during clashes with Israeli security forces in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz on Monday following the death of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Sinokrot
Palestinian protestors throw stones towards Israeli police during clashes in the Shuafat neighbourhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem on Wednesday. Clashes erupted after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of three Israeli youths
Ultra-orthodox Jews take part in celebrations after the wedding ceremony of the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world in Jerusalem
Professional rock climbers work on the art installation “Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You” at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Monday
Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday, on Monday in Jerusalem
A Palestinian starts to demolish his home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat. Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.
Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his marriage to Rivka Hannah during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual, in Jerusalem
Ultra-Orthodox Jews dance as police fire a water canon at them during a protest at the entrance to Jerusalem over Israel drafting ultra-Orthodox Jews into the military. Several thousand protested in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities after a young man was arrested when he dodged the draft.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City during a snowstorm.
An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem‘s old city. A group known as Women of the Wall convene monthly for prayers, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.
A Palestinian woman stands with her furniture as her house is demolished in Beit Hanina, east Jerusalem on Tuesday. The Jerusalem municipality said there was a court order to raze the house, which was built without a permit.
An Orthodox Jew weeps outside the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef , after receiving news of his death, aged 93, on Monday. The rabbi was a religious scholar and the spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews, who transformed his community of immigrants from north African and Arab nations into a powerful force in Israeli politics.
Orthodox Christian nuns gather before the start of a procession outside Jerusalem’s Old City. About 200 Orthodox Christians took part in an annual procession in which an icon of the Virgin Mary is carried from a church at the foot of the Mount of Olives.
Jewish worshippers pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, which starts at sunset on Wednesday
Ultra-Orthodox Jews blow their whistles during a protest against members of the liberal Jewish religious group Women of the Wall wearing phylacteries and the Tallit shawl, traditional Jewish prayer apparel for men, as they pray at the plaza near the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, marking the first day of the Jewish month of Elul.
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Ultra-orthodox Jewish yeshiva students cool themselves in a water fountain in Jerusalem next to the Old City walls, enjoying their annual bein hazmanim (between the times) summer holiday
An Israeli soldier sleeps as ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths pray on Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Tuesday
Israeli paratroopers toss the red berets awarded to them after completing an overnight march, at the end of a ceremony at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on Thursday