Jerusalem, Israel – 10th of May, 2013: The prayer group Nashot HaKotel (the Women of the Wall) returned to the Kotel (Jerusalem’s Western Wall) to hold their Rosh Hodesh prayers, marking the beginning of the new Jewish month. In a challenge to what they describe as the domination of orthodoxy over contemporary Judaism, these women read the Torah aloud, and pray wearing a tallit (prayer shawls), two practices that are traditionally reserved for men.
Jerusalem, Israel – 27th of April, 2013: Ultra-orthodox Jews celebrate the Lag Ba’Omer holiday by lighting a huge bonfire and dancing around it throughout the night.
Jerusalem, Israel, 2nd of April, 2013: Israeli Jews of Moroccan descent sing traditional songs in Arabic at a party in the Musrara quarter, celebrating Mimouna, the traditional Moroccan-Jewish celebration held at the end of Pesach (the Jewish Passover), which also marks the beginning of spring.
Tekoa, Judea and Samaria – 5th of March, 2013: Menachem Fruman, the chief rabbi of the Jewish settlement of Tekoa, died at the age of 68, leaving behind his wife Hadassah and 10 sons and daughters. His funeral was attended by thousands of people, both religious and secular, left-wing and right-wing, from all across Israel.