Published On: Thu, Apr 11th, 2013

Israel detains women over prayer practices

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews oppose moves to allow women and men to pray together at the Western Wall [EPA]

Some ultra-Orthodox Jews oppose moves to allow women and men to pray together at the Western Wall [EPA]

Israeli police have arrested five women at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, for wearing prayer shawls and amulets – observances which Orthodox tradition sees as solely for men.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said about 120 woman arrived for their monthly prayer service on Thursday and five were detained for wearing the tallits (prayer shawls) and tefillin (phylacteries).

Those arrested were part of the “Women of the Wall” group which campaigns for gender equality in religious practice.

They routinely convene for prayer sessions around the start of each month at the Western Wall, revered by Jews as a perimeter wall of the Biblical Temple in Jerusalem, and several are routinely arrested and often released without charge.

The site, under strict Orthodox ritual law, bars women from wearing the religious clothing or publicly reading from the holy scriptures and is divided into men’s and women’s sections.

Orthodox rabbis, who control Israel’s religious institutions, oppose mixed prayers.

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Source: Aljazeera

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