The city of Bnei Brak is located just east of Tel Aviv but it couldn’t be more different than the “non-stop city”. Bnei Brak is a center of Ultra Orthodox Judaism and the majority of the population are Haredi Jews. Once a year, on Purim, the staid city residents fulfill the custom of getting tipsy — till they can’t tell the difference between “cursed Haman” and “blessed Mordechai”. Photographer Orna Naor was on hand to capture the wild festivities.


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To the south, on the campus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, exchange students from India requested and received permission to celebrate the spring festival of Holi — where powdered colors are thrown — as part of the on-campus Purim carnival. Photographer Dani Machlis wrapped his camera in protective plastic as things got colorful.