Women Of The Wall Pray At The Western Wall With Few Ultra-Orthodox Protesters

Source: The Huffington Post

An Israeli Jewish women of the Woman of the Wall organization prays while wearing a prayer shawl at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, Sunday, June 9, 2013. The group, known as “Women of the Wall,” convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do. (AP Photo/Michal Fattal)

By IAN DEITCH 06/09/13 10:23 AM ET EDT AP

JERUSALEM — Prayers by a liberal Jewish women’s group at a key Jerusalem holy site passed without incident Sunday, in contrast to violent scuffles with ultra-Orthodox protesters a month ago.

The women wear prayer shawls and other religious articles that ultra-Orthodox tradition holds are strictly for men.

Police escorted the women to and from the site Sunday morning. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said some ultra-Orthodox men shouted insults, but police made no arrests.

Last month’s prayer service by the Women of the Wall, a women’s prayer group that seeks equality of worship at the Western Wall, was marred by violence as some protesters yelled obscenities and scuffled with police.

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Categories: Asia, Israel, Judaism

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