IN PHOTOS: Ethiopian Israelis Celebrate Sigd Holiday in Jerusalem

Sigd used to mark the community's longing to return to Jerusalem. Today, the holiday is celebrated overlooking the Old City.

President Reuven Rivlin (L) greets Israeli religious leaders of the Ethiopian Jewish community prays during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Israeli Ethiopians celebrated the Sigd holiday in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Sigd, the Ethiopian celebration of the Giving of the Law, used to mark the community's longing to return to Jerusalem, where they consider their biblical roots to lie. Today, thousands of Ethiopian Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem every year to attend the ceremony overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount.

‘Kessim,’ or religious community leaders, lead the prayer, which celebrates the biblical union between the Jewish people and God and symbolizes their desire to return to Jerusalem. Besides praying, attendants dance and take part in various ceremonies to celebrate the holiday. 

Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel dance during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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An Ethiopian Jew prays during the 'Sigd' holiday in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
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Ethiopian Jews pray during the 'Sigd' holiday in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
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A member of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel wears a medallion with the Star of David as he takes part in a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel pray during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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A member of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel dances during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Members of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel dance during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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Member of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel dance during a ceremony marking the holiday of Sigd in Jerusalem November 11, 2015.
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