Women of the Wall 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
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.
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.
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.A court ruling two weeks ago
reinterpreted existing laws and
the Women of the Wall will on Friday be able to perform their own customs, such
as wearing prayer shawls and tefillin, without fear of being arrested.
a hearing of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women earlier this week, a
representative of the Jerusalem Police confirmed that the police would not act
against the recent Jerusalem District Court ruling which decided that WoW’s
customs did not contravene “local custom,” that has been the basis for outlawing
the group’s non- Orthodox customs.
United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael
Eichler expressed outrage during the committee hearing at what he referred to as
the Women of the Wall’s “provocations.” He asked if the police would allow the
right of protest and demonstration against the group’s prayer
The Women of the Wall issued a statement on Thursday celebrating
their new found freedoms.
“We have the great merit that Israeli women
will arrive in their masses tomorrow for the prayer service for the New Month of
Sivan. We call on the public which supports us, women and men, to come and pray
with us, to liberate the Western Wall and to turn it into to the home of
everyone,” the group said.