The weeklong Sukkot holidays begins at sunset September 27 and commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and their wandering in the desert for 40 years. Temporary huts, or Sukkahs, are built outside the houses where meals are eaters and religious Jews sleep during the holiday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas receives the Grand Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris from Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, making him an honorary citizen of the city, during a ceremony at city hall in Paris on September 21, 2015.
The Day of Atonement, in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Israel, September 20, 2015. For the festivities, jews recite prayers in the "Kaparot" ritual while swinging a live chicken over their heads to symbolically transfer their sins for the year to the chicken, which is butchered, eaten or donated to charity. Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish year, begins at sundown September 22, when the entire country will come to a standstill as Jews pray, fast and refrain from smoking and sex.
Hundreds of refugees, many of them from Syria's civil war, continue in their long journey toward the European Union. Austria and Germany opened its borders to refugees after Hungary's government transported the migrants who had left Budapest on foot en route to the Austrian border.
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