Picture of the Day
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Although not a typical one, it is a wedding photograph nevertheless. Depicted here are 7 Jewish Orthodox men praying towards Jerusalem. According to the traditions, when a religious man is physically not present in Jerusalem, he should face the city in his prayers. This wedding took place in Montreal, Canada, which means that the wall of the venue that faces Jerusalem is on the east side of the building. Completely consumed by the expression of devotion, the men sway while they pray, which can be noted by the different tilts of their hats.

The only child in the photo is too young to wear the black hat. Interestingly enough, he is also too young to be entirely devoted as evident by his profile pointing in the north direction. The men are praying for the groom, who is not yet married, nor is he in the photograph. This simple yet powerful and meaningful photo-journalistic wedding image was selected by the National Geographic as the "Picture of the Day" on August 23rd, 2010.

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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