Orthodox

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbis wear burlap sacks as a sign of mourning and blowing the Shofar  during a demonstration Prayer in Beit Shemesh, Israel, 16 April 2015. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the construction of new housing units, believing they would be built at the site of ancient Jewish graves.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbis wear burlap sacks as a sign of mourning and blowing the Shofar during a demonstration Prayer in Beit Shemesh, Israel on Thursday. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the construction of new housing units, believing they would be built at the site of ancient Jewish graves

Ultra orthodox Jewish rabbi Gershon Edelstein prepares to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  Israelis are voting in early parliament elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclear Iran or the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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Ultra orthodox Jewish rabbi Gershon Edelstein prepares to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, in an unexpectedly close general election

Anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox Jews of the Naturei Karta movement hold signs outside the Washington Convention Center where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference inb Washington, DC, on March 2, 2015. Netanyahu is ramping up his mission to foil an emerging White House-backed nuclear deal with Iran with the speech to the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby.

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Anti-Zionist ultra-orthodox Jews of the Naturei Karta movement hold signs outside the Washington Convention Centre where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on Monday

People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimming fans gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean

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People walk out of the cool waters of the Black Sea, as winter swimmers gather on a beach on the Orthodox Christmas day in the Crimean port of Yevpatoriya on Wednesday

Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia...Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia January 6, 2015. Orthodox priests throughout the country bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshippers try to retrieve it. It is strongly believed that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who captures it.    REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov (BULGARIA  - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Men jump into the waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia. Orthodox priests throughout the country bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshipers try to retrieve it. It is strongly believed that catching the cross brings health and prosperity to the person who captures it.

 Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on December 10, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site.

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Israeli Orthodox jews seen protesting on Wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. Orthodox jews are protesting the building of a new neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because of fears it will destroy an ancient Jewish tomb at the site

An Orthodox man prays at the Western Wall in the Old City on Tuesday in Jerusalem, Israel. As violence continues in Israel, an Israeli was stabbed and lightly injured Monday morning in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. 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. The tension and violence on the streets of the city is threatening to further isolate communities and to encourage extremist politicians exploit the situation

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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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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

An Ultra Orthodox Jewish vendor prays near Rachel's Tomb during an annual mass prayer in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

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An Ultra Orthodox Jewish vendor prays near Rachel’s Tomb during an annual mass in Jerusalem

Clergymen attend a service near the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery on the day of the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, in Kiev August 13, 2014. Former Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine died on July 5. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Clergymen attend a service near the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery on the day of the election of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, in Kiev on Wednesday

Ultra-orthodox Jews take part in celebrations after the wedding ceremony of Esther Rokeach and Avraham Safrin (not pictured) in Jerusalem June 11, 2014. Thousands gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the wedding between Safrin and Rokeach, the granddaughter of the spiritual leader of the Belz Hasidim, which is one of the largest Hasidic movements in the world.

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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

Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leavened items in a final preparation before the start at sundown of the Jewish Pesach (Passover) holiday, on April 14, 2014 in Jerusalem. Religious Jews worldwide eat matzoth during the eight-day Pesach holiday that commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food products.

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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

Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his wedding with Rivka Hannah (Hofman) (unseen) during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual following her wedding in an ultra-orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem on February 18, 2014. During the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual the bride will dance with members of the community, family and with her groom at the end of the wedding ceremony.

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Jewish ultra-orthodox groom Aharon Krois celebrates his marriage to Rivka Hannah during the Mitzvah Tans dance ritual, in Jerusalem

Participants march on the street during "Alilo",

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Georgians take part in a religious procession known as Alilo, in Tbilisi, to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas

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, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Jewish women from the group known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.

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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.

Orthodox monk Father Ioakim, 74, looks at a street graffiti, which displays Siberian characters of the 19th century including an Russian Orthodox monk, in Divnogorsk town...Orthodox monk Father Ioakim, 74, looks at a street graffiti, which displays Siberian characters of the 19th century including an Russian Orthodox monk, in Divnogorsk town outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, September 30, 2013. The monk from a local parish came to the place to look at the artwork created by an unknown author and telling a story about an Orthodox priory which was replaced by the town for builders of Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric station in the middle of the 20th century and now called Divnogorsk town. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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A Russian Orthodox monk looks at graffiti depicting Siberian characters of the 19th century including a Russian Orthodox monk, in Divnogorsk, Siberia. The artwork, whose author is unknown, tells the story about an Orthodox priory that was replaced by a settlement for builders of the nearby Krasnoyarsk hydroelectric station in the middle of the 20th century.

Belarussian Orthodox believers attend the solemn liturgy in Minsk on July 29, 2013, celebrating the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia which is celebrated in the three former USSR Slavic countries - Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

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Belarussian Orthodox believers attend the solemn liturgy in Minsk, on Monday, to mark the 1,025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, which is celebrated in the three former USSR Slavic countries – Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

A Christian Orthodox pilgrim holds a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa during a procession marking the Orthodox Good Friday on May 3, 2013 in Jerusalem's old city. Thousands of Christian pilgrims take part in processions along the route where, according to tradition, Jesus Christ carried the cross during his last days.

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A Christian Orthodox pilgrim holds a wooden cross during a procession along the Via Dolorosa marking the Orthodox Good Friday in Jerusalem‘s old city. Thousands of pilgrims take part in processions along the route where, according to tradition, Jesus carried the cross during his last days.

An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela May 3, 2013.

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An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42 km (26 miles) southwest of Bucharest, early morning May 2, 2013. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romania tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.

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A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42km southwest of Bucharest. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead as part of a southern Romanian tradition. Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania’s Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.