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Photos: Yom Kippur

Updated 4:31 AM ET, Wed October 12, 2016
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Yom Kippur is Judaism's day of atonement, when devout Jews ask God to forgive them for their transgressions and refrain from eating and drinking, attending intense prayer services in synagogues. Li Rui/Xinhua/Landov
During the holiday, the streets in Israel's cities are nearly empty in respect of the holiday. Businesses, public transportation and even Israeli television and radio broadcasts are suspended, according to Israel's tourist information website. Bernat Armangue/AP
Israeli children ride their bikes on an empty street during Yom Kippur in Tel Aviv. OLIVER WEIKEN/EPA/LANDOV
Men and women participate in a Selichot prayer ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Selichot is Hebrew for forgiveness. Dan Balilty/AP
A child walks in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood. Bernat Armangue/AP
Romanian Jews, seen through a glass door, attend a religious service ahead of Yom Kippur at the Great Synagogue in Bucharest, Romania. Andreea Alexandru/Mediafax/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men roll a Torah scroll ahead of Yom Kippur in Jerusalem. Bernat Armangue/AP
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man whips another ultra-Orthodox Jew with a leather strap as a symbolic punishment for his sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony, ahead of Yom Kippur, in Jerusalem. Bernat Armangu/AP
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights a candle ahead of Yom Kippur in Jerusalem. Bernat Armangue/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men participate in a Tashlich ceremony at the Mediterranean Sea, in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod. Tashlich, which means '"to cast away" in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically "throw away" their sins by throwing a piece of bread or similar food into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Tsafrir Abayov/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray along the Ayarkon River in the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hasidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hasidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray on the Ayarkon River banks as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli town of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. Ariel Schalit/AP
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hasidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel. Oded Balilty/AP