French soldiers patrol the street in a Jewish neighbourhood near a religious school and a synagogue as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan after last week’s Islamic attacks in Paris on Wednesday. France deployed 10,000 soldiers on home soil and posts almost 5,000 extra police officers after the killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris last week
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An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem, Israel, on Tuesday.
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A Hasidic man pushes a buggy in the Old City in Jerusalem on wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Nine Israelis have been killed in a series of stabbings, shootings and hit-and-run attacks in Jerusalem over the past month, unsettling the ancient city of Jerusalem where Jews, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for thousands of years
Ultra-Orthodox Jews mourn during a eulogy ahead of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Twersky in Jerusalem. Rabbi Twersky was one of four Jewish victims killed in an attack on a synagogue in the city by two Palestinian men from East Jerusalem
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand beneath a section of the controversial Israeli barrier outside Rachel’s tomb in the West Bank town of Bethlehem
An Ultra Orthodox Jewish vendor prays near Rachel’s Tomb during an annual mass in Jerusalem
An Israeli woman and a Palestinian woman gesture at one another during a protest by Palestinian women against Jewish visitors to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday
A Palestinian protester runs to seek cover from Israeli water canon during clashes over the Jewish settlement of Qadomem at Kofr Qadom village, near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday
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An Ultra-Orthodox man whips a Jewish man with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony just hours before the start of Yom Kippur at a synagogue on Friday in Beit Shemesh, Israel
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.
Young children of foreign migrant workers wear costumes as they march in a Purim parade in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Jewish holiday commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther, which is read in synagogues
Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his marriage to Rivka Hannah during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual, in Jerusalem
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.
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
An Israeli border policeman stands guard next to two Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men during a demonstration in Beit Shemesh, Israel, 15 August 2013. Some hundred Jews protested against the construction of new housing units on a site that they believe is an ancient Jewish burial site.
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