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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


“Yesterday afternoon, the legal advisor of the Ministry of Religious Affairs sent a letter saying that if we did not pray in the ‘cage’ that was designated for us, we would be deprived of the Western Wall.
Attorney Orly Erez-Lachovsky, who represents the Women of the Western Wall, responds to this letter in an interview with Jerusalem Radio:
"The Women of the Western Wall insist on their right to pray at the Western Wall, but unfortunately, there are violent groups that are against the prayer of the Women of the Wall, violence that the Israel Police and the security guards of the Western Wall Rabbi do not respond to. Every month we are abandoned and left to this fate while the Israel Police claims that it is not responsible for us”

– Neshot Hakotel

0202 Editor’s note:
[1] "Neshot Hakotel" (in Hebrew: Women of the Wall) is a multi-denominational feminist organization based in Israel whose goal is to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud from the Torah and wearing religious garments which in the Orthodox world are designated exclusively for men, (tallit, tefillin and kippah). The group’s protest is due to the restrictions set by the Western Wall Rabbi that enforce gender segregation and limitations on religious garb worn by women.

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