Orthodox Jews in Israel Atone for Yom Kippur

A look at how members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community practice one of the highest holidays in Judaism.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man performs the 'Kaparot' ritual in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel on Oct. 2. The Kaparot is a blessing and prayer recited as a live fowl, or chicken is passed over a person's head, symbolically transferring that person's sins accumulated over the past year into the bird, which is butchered and eaten or donated to charity. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Oct. 3.

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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 on Oct. 3 in Beit Shemesh, Israel.

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The Malkot ceremony is primarily practiced in ultra-Orthodox circles, and consists of 39 symbolic lashes. Malkot is derived from punitive practices in ancient Israel.

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Jews pray at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, ahead of the Yom Kippur fast in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel, on Oct. 3.

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Jewish worshippers take part in the Tashlich ritual on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv Oct. 2, ahead of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which starts at sundown Friday. Tashlich is a ritual of casting away sins of the past year into the water.

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