Women of the Wall read Book of Esther at Western Wall

February 25, 2013 19:54

The Women of the Wall (WoW) activist group held a reading of the Book of Esther at the Western Wall on Shushan Purim Monday morning, attended by approximately 100 participants.

The event passed off without incident and no arrests were made, unlike recent prayer services conducted by the organization which have seen the police detain several female worshippers for wearing prayer shawls at the site, something technically forbidden by law.

Many of the attendees dressed up in costume, according to Purim custom, with WoW Chairwoman Anat Hoffman dressing up as a haredi man and 17-year-old Hallel Silverman, who was detained earlier this month, attending as a convict. Hoffman said that she hoped that all future WoW prayer services would pass as peacefully “it the police will act against extremists at the Western Wall and not against women praying together.”

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