The Women of the Wall prayer rights group managed to bring an extremely small Torah scroll into the women's section of the Western Wall plaza Friday morning defying official regulations prohibiting the entry of private Torah scrolls to the site.
The group initially tried to bring in a regular, full size Torah scroll but were prevented from doing so by security officials and a representative of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation which administers the site.
The Torah that WoW managed to smuggle into the women's section was extremely small, just 28cm high including the handles, and was placed into a prayer-shawl bag and brought into the site.
WoW said that it conforms with all requirements of Jewish law to be used in formal prayer services.
It was used on Friday morning for the Bat-Mitzvah ceremony of Sasha Lutt, the daughter of a Russian immigrant to Israel and , in what the group said was an historic first at the Western Wall.