Most days, Jewish Israelis are prohibited from entering the Palestinian city Jericho. However, a group of yeshiva students and worshipers held a special prayer session at the abandoned Shalom El Yisroel synagogue to celebrate the first day of the Hebrew month of Adar Bet.

Monday’s prayers were part of one of the monthly visits made by Jewish worshipers to Jericho with the permission of the IDF. They are accompanied to the synagogue by a combination of IDF and Palestinian Authority security forces.

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