The September equinox is also marked by many cultures and faiths. Here, Hasidic men in Jerusalem, Israel, appraise chickens to use during a Yom Kippur-eve ritual. Yom Kippur, observed around the September equinox, is the holiest day of the Jewish year and marks the end of the Jewish High Holidays.

Photograph by James L. Stanfield

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Normally, the Earth is tilted either away from or toward the sun