An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth holds a chicken as others perform the Kaparot ritual, where white chickens are slaughtered as a symbolic gesture of atonement, in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown on Tuesday. Photo Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
French Tunisian Jewish women pray at the Ghriba synagogue in the Tunisian resort island of Djerba during the annual Jewish pilgrimage today. Djerba is home to one of the last Jewish communities in the Arab world
Palestinain women shout “Allahu Akbar” (God is the great) as Israeli security forces escort Jewish worshippers coming from the Western Wall, Judaism holiest site, crossing through the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday during scuffles between Palestinian Muslims and Israeli security forces
A Palestinian woman argues with an Israeli border policeman during a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah on Friday
Ultra orthodox Jewish rabbi Gershon Edelstein prepares to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, in an unexpectedly close general election
Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on Thursday in the central Israeli city of Netanya. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago
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.