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Thousands flood Israeli city to remember Baba Sali

Tens of thousands are streaming to the town of Netivot to participate in ceremonies marking 28 years since the death of the Baba Sali, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira. The annual memorial ceremony, called the "hilula," is held the fourth day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, at his tomb.  His burial place has become a shrine for many.

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Jewish women pray behind the curtain separating men and women at the tomb of rabbi Baba Sali during the annual pilgrimage to his grave in the southern Israeli town of Netivot on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Jewish men pray near the tomb of the Baba Sali, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, during the annual pilgrimage to his gravesite on the 28th anniversary of his death, in the southern Israeli town of Netivot, on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Jewish worshippers are reflected in a puddle as they pray near the gravesite of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, a Moroccan-born sage and kabbalist also known as the Baba Sali, during an annual pilgrimage.

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A man carries a portrait of Rabbi Baba Sali at his tomb compound during the annual pilgrimage to his grave in the southern Israeli town of Netivot on Jan. 26.