Tallit Troubles

04.11.13

Women Arrested at Western Wall

Police arrested five who wore prayer shawls at the site, a rite reserved for men.

During their monthly prayer session at Jerusalem’s holy site, five Women of the Wall were arrested for wearing prayer shawls while worshipping. According to Orthodox tradition, this practice is reserved for men only (and the women are required to worship separately from their male counterparts). This is only the latest in a series of arrests, which have gained notoriety in recent months, typically for the same reason or because the women have read aloud from scripture. Also arrested today was an Orthodox man who burned one of the women’s books. Officials from Netanyahu’s administration announced Wednesday that the prime minister is considering converting an archeological dig south of the wall to a shared space for men and women to worship together.