150 members of 'Women of the Wall' pray at Kotel

150 members of Women of

December 18, 2009 09:24

Approximately 150 members of the Women of the Wall organization descended Friday on the Western Wall in order to partake in Rosh Hodesh prayers. The gathering follows the arrest a month ago of a Women of the Wall member who was in the process of wrapping herself in a talit. Several worshipers shouted abuse in their direction, but there were no clashes. The group submitted a request to read a Torah scroll near Robinson's Arch, but it was turned down. Women of Wall chairperson Anat Hoffman explained that the goal of the prayer session was not to provoke but rather to quietly protest the law that pervades in the holy places that, according to Hoffman, discriminates against female worshipers.

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