‘Women of the Wall’ are detained praying at Kotel
Four women arrested wearing black and white talitot; chairwoman draws comparison to legendary US civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
Israeli law, upheld by the Supreme Court, stipulates that it is forbidden to conduct a religious ceremony “contrary to accepted practice” at a holy site, or one that may “hurt the feelings of other worshipers.”
This law is interpreted to include women performing religious practices at the Western Wall traditionally done by men in Orthodox Jewish practice, such as reading from a Torah scroll, wearing tefillin or a tallit, or blowing a shofar . . .
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