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.
Iranian Jewish men carry the Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers at Yusef Abad synagogue in Tehran on Monday. Present for more than 2,500 years in Persia, Iranian Jews have lost more than 70 per cent of their 80,000 to 100,00 population who lived in Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution. Today Iran is home to about 8,750 Jews, according to a 2011 census. They are scattered across the country, but are mostly in the capital Tehran, Isfahan in the centre and Shiraz in the south.
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