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Why Netanyahu Joined the Haredi War on Women's Prayer at the Western Wall

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

For over 30 years now, the attempts by a small group of Jewish feminists to establish women’s prayers at the Western Wall have become one of the 2,000-year-old structure’s more recognizable rituals.

Every Rosh Hodesh (the first day of the month in the Hebrew calendar), a few dozen activists from the Women of the Wall group arrive at the entrance to the main Western Wall plaza, wrapped in tallitot (prayer shawls) and try to force their way in to pray. Police officers try to hold back hundreds of Haredim trying to violently block them, while security guards hired by the ultra-Orthodox state authority that runs the site simultaneously tries to block the women. Sometimes with help from the police.

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