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Ultra Orthodox Jews are encouraged to wrap the Tefillin, leather straps with small boxes containing a small scroll of the Torah, on their arm and head at the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Wearing the Tefillin is a Jewish tradition in accordance with the Old Testament passages of Exodus 13:9, Exodus 13:16, Deuteronomy 6:8 and Deuteronomy 11:18.

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Ultra Orthodox Jews are encouraged to wrap the Tefillin, leather straps with small boxes containing a small scroll of the Torah, on their arm and head at the Western Wall, or Wailing Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem. Wearing the Tefillin is a Jewish tradition in accordance with the Old Testament passages of Exodus 13:9, Exodus 13:16, Deuteronomy 6:8 and Deuteronomy 11:18.

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Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray and study at the traditional tomb of King David.

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Ultra Orthodox Jewish men pray and study at the traditional tomb of King David.

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Orthodox Jews and Muslims walk through the West Bank.

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Thousands of worshipers flock to the Western Wall, known as the Wailing Wall, during the Israeli Memorial Day, in the Old City section of Jerusalem.

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Portrait of a Rabbi in Jerusalem.

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A rabbi prepares for a service in Jerusalem.

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A Jewish man prays on top of the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem as the sun comes up.

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A man plays violin for passing tourist and locals inside the Jewish Quarter of Old Town Jerusalem in hopes of gathering some money. The man is from Michigan but has recently moved to live in Jerusalem.

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A group of young Jews from the U.S. who are studying Hebrew and Judaism in Jerusalem for a year, celebrate Shabbat together with songs, prayers, food and drink. Shabbat is the Jewish name for Sabbath and is observed each week from Friday at 6 p.m. to Saturday at 6 p.m. It is taken from the ‘seventh day’ in the Torah where God rested after creating the earth. To the outsider, it might appear conservative and Orthodox Jews take this time to the extreme. Observing Shabbat might include halting any type of work—driving, cooking and cleaning. At 6 p.m., all work stops, even if they are in the middle of doing something. In traditional homes, meals are prepared in advance of Shabbat so nothing needs to be done during the day and clean up is done once it is over.

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Portrait of a Jewish man at the Western Wall, also known as the ‘Wailing Wall,’ by outsiders because Jews gather here to mourn the loss of their temple that sits on the other side of the wall. The wall is a permanent place of worship for Jews and is their holiest site for prayer. The Western Wall Plaza, the large open area that faces the Western Wall, functions as an open-air synagogue that can accommodate thousands of worshipers.

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Men pray facing the Western Wall, also known as the ‘Wailing Wall,’ by outsiders because Jews gather here to mourn the loss of their temple that sits on the other side of the wall. The wall is a permanent place of worship for Jews and is their holiest site for prayer. The Western Wall Plaza, the large open area that faces the Western Wall, functions as an open-air synagogue that can accommodate thousands of worshipers.

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A Jewish man prays at the Western Wall, also known as the ‘Wailing Wall,’ by outsiders because Jews gather here to mourn the loss of their temple that sits on the other side of the wall. The wall is a permanent place of worship for Jews and is their holiest site for prayer. The Western Wall Plaza, the large open area that faces the Western Wall, functions as an open-air synagogue that can accommodate thousands of worshipers.

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Worshipers pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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Jewish cemeteries are located along the hillside of the Mount of Olives, primarily because it is so close to the site where it is said mankind will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment.

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Portrait of a Messianic Jew praying in Paris, France.

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A Messianic Jew worships during a service in downtown Paris, France.

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A man blows a horn at the introduction of a Saturday service at the Messianic congregation, Emmanuel Messianic Church in Berlin, Germany. The congregation are Russian and from countries formerly in the Soviet Union.

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A visiting Messianic Jew from the U.S. leads the closing cantation at the Eitz Chaim, ‘Tree of Life,’ Messianic Church. The church is one of the larger Messianic congregations in Berlin, Germany, with Russian Jews.

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