IN PICTURES: Prayers and renewal at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana

The beauty of High Holiday rituals in Jerusalem.

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September 17, 2017 14:08
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IN PICTURES: Prayers and renewal at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana

Blowing the shofar at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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Ahead of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, hundreds of people gathered at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The shofar, an ancient musical instrument made of ram's horn, was blown; people read selichot (prayers of repentance); and the ritual cleaning of the prayer notes from the cracks of the Western Wall took place.

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Photos by Marc Israel Sellem

Men reading selichot -- Jewish penitential poems and prayers said leading up to the High Holidays -- at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana

Women reading selichot at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana

Blowing the shofar at the Western Wall

 Notes placed in the Western Wall prior to Rosh Hashana cleaning



Man prays while another cleans out Western Wall notes

Cleaning out notes from the Western Wall

Man blowing the shofar at the Western Wall before Rosh Hashana

Jews clearing out notes from the Western Wall

Western Wall notes on the ground after cleaning

Jewish workers clearing out notes from the Western Wall prior to Rosh Hashana


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