Haredi school girls to protest against Women of the Wall

May 10, 2013 03:49

Large numbers of haredi school girls are expected to visit the Western Wall to pray on Friday morning, in protest against the Women of the Wall activist group that will be conducting its monthly prayer service at the site.

The idea was devised by MKs from the United Torah Judaism party earlier this week in consultation with principals of haredi girls schools, on condition the initiative received approval from the leading haredi rabbis.

According to a report on haredi website Kikar Hashabbat, spiritual leader of the haredi world Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman gave his blessing to the proposal on Thursday and hundreds if not thousands of haredi school girls may arrive at the Western Wall on Friday morning.

Many participants in the Women of the Wall services don prayer shawls and perform other customs usually performed by men in Orthodox practice, that has until now been prohibited by state law, and as of late, women have been arrested on a frequent basis for wearing prayer shawls during the WoW services.

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