Ultra Orthodox Jewish sisters Simcha (left) and Miri dressed as dolls in a box wait for their mother to join in the celebration of the Purim festival in Bnei Brak, Israel on March (Ariel Schalit/Associated Press)
A costumed ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy celebrates Purim at the Belz Hasidic dynasty synagogue in Jerusalem. Purim is a celebration of the Jews salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
'Here's an old Jewish woman with hot peas.' An elderly woman in a shawl carrying an iron pot, offers her wares to a man. They stand in front an old brick wall. Behind them is a placard in Yiddish and Polish advertising a meeting.
Orthodox Christians immerse themselves in the Jordan River at a baptism ceremony near the West Bank town of Jericho. The site is traditionally believed by many to be the place where Jesus was baptized.