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Ultra-Orthodox Jews prepare to celebrate Sukkot

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man and his children push a baby stroller with palm fronds to be used to build a Sukka in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Sept. 28, 2012.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man inspects the Etrog (Citron), one of four plant species to be used during the celebration of Sukkot, in Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, on Sept. 27, 2012.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men check etrogs, a lemon-like citrus fruit, for blemishes to determine if they are ritually acceptable, before buying it as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood on Sept. 27, 2012.

According to the Bible, during the Sukkot holiday, known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, Jews are commanded to bind together a palm frond, or lulav, with two other branches, which along with an etrog make up the "four species" used in holiday rituals. The week-long holiday begins on Sunday.

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