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Police detain women at Kotel for wearing prayer shawls

Three women from the Women of the Wall organization were briefly detained by police Tuesday morning, the group said, for wearing prayer shawls, or talitot, at the Western Wall plaza.
According to a 2001 law, it is illegal for women to perform religious practices at holy sites traditionally done by men in Orthodox Jewish practice, such as reading from a Torah scroll, wearing tephillin or a prayer shawl, or blowing the shofar (ram’s horn).
Approximately 38 women from the Women of the Wall group, which campaigns for equal rights at the Western Wall Plaza, went to the site Tuesday morning, the first day of the new month, to pray.
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