Women of the Wall slam new prayer restrictions

April 4, 2013 12:47


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The Women of the Wall attacked Jerusalem District Police Chief Yossi Pariente's newest directives on Thursday, which included the prohibition of women from reciting the 'kadish' prayers at the Kotel.

Anat Hoffman, the group's spokeswoman, was particularly incensed as the new directives were released before the month of Iyar, which in the Jewish calender include Holocaust Remembrance Day as well as the day of remembrance for Israeli soldiers who have fallen defending Israel, and Independence day.

She described these days as: "the days which symbolize more than anything else the unity surrounding the collective fate of the Jewish people."

She further added that the Women of the Wall planned to say Kaddish at the Kotel regardless of the directive, and that they would not be dissuaded by the Rabbi of the Kotel's religious traditions, which she feels have affected the Police Chief's decision in determining the directives.

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