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Praying women questioned at Western Wall

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Three women were stopped for questioning after attempting to pray at the Western Wall in prayer shawls.

The women, among a group of about 40 from the Women of the Wall, were praying at the wall May 22 as part of the group’s monthly prayer service for Rosh Hodesh, or new moon, the Jerusalem Post reported.

A policewoman approached one of the women during the service and asked her not to wear the prayer shawl, or tallit, the way a man would and then adjusted it for her, according to the Post. Police took the national identification numbers and contact details of three of the women who were wearing prayer shawls.

The women were told they would be called for further questioning by police over the incident, the newspaper reported.

In 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or tallits, or reading from a Torah scroll, at the Western Wall. — jta


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