JTA 5773: Top 10 photos

5773 Photos

10. Thousands celebrate the Belz dynasty wedding

Tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews of the Belz hasidic Dynasty attending the wedding ceremony of Rabbi Shalom Rokach, the grandson of the Belz Rabbi, to Hana Batya Pener in Jerusalem, May 21, 2013. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews of the Belz hasidic dynasty attending the wedding ceremony in Jerusalem of Rabbi Shalom Rokach, the grandson of the Belz Rabbi, to Hana Batya Pener, May 21, 2013. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

9. Obama visits Yad Vashem

President Obama paying his respects in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. In the back, left to right, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, March 22, 2013.  (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

President Obama paying his respects in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem. In the back, left to right, Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and the chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Avner Shalev, March 22, 2013. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

8. The greatest locust invasion since … well, you know

Hundreds of thousands of locusts flying over Ramat Negev in southern Israel, March 5, 2013.  (Dudu Greenspan/FLASH90)

Hundreds of thousands of locusts flying over Ramat Negev in southern Israel, March 5, 2013. (Dudu Greenspan/FLASH90)

7. Shimon Peres’ cool friend

Israeli President Shimon Peres and a snowman in the garden of Peres' residence, Jan. 10, 2013.  (Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90/JTA)

Israeli President Shimon Peres and a snowman in the garden of Peres’ residence, Jan. 10, 2013. (Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90/JTA)

6. Shimon Peres’ tall friend

Israeli President Shimon Peres comparing heights with NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire at the president's residence in Jerusalem. Stoudemire is in Israel to coach the Canadian basketball team for the 19th Maccabiah Games, July 18, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/JTA)

Israeli President Shimon Peres comparing heights with NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire at the president’s residence in Jerusalem. Stoudemire is in Israel as a coach for the Canadian basketball team at the 19th Maccabiah Games, July 18, 2013. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/JTA)

5. Jon and Benny break a glass

 Jon Ilani, left, and Benny Roitman were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony through Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBT synagogue in New York City, November 2012. (Joshua Brown)


Jon Ilani, left, and Benny Roitman were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony through Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBT synagogue in New York City, November 2012. (Joshua Brown)

4. Iron Dome missile in action

The Iron Dome defense system firing missiles to intercept incoming rockets from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Nov. 15, 2012.  (Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

The Iron Dome defense system firing missiles to intercept incoming rockets from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Nov. 15, 2012. (Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

3. Brooklyn Torah scrolls damaged during Hurricane Sandy

Torah At Mazel Academy in Brooklyn, Torah scrolls were unrolled to dry after being damaged by the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. (Ben Harris)

At Mazel Academy in Brooklyn, Torah scrolls were unrolled to dry after being damaged by the floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 31, 2012. (Ben Harris)

2. Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman arrested

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman after she said the Shema Israel prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 16, 2012. (Women of the Wall)

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman after she said the Shema prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Oct. 16, 2012. (Women of the Wall)

1. Netanyahu’s bomb cartoon at the United Nations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showing a cartoonish diagram of a bomb during his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 27, 2012.  (UN Photo/J Carrier)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showing a cartoonish diagram of a bomb during his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 27, 2012. (UN Photo/J Carrier)

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