Screen, Benches, Stools to Be Barred at Wailing Wall During Holidays

In view of the approaching High Holidays, the Jerusalem authorities are making a careful inventory of appurtenances at the Wailing Wall strictly required for religious services, with the intention of not allowing any other objects, such as a screen separating men and women worshippers, matting, stools or benches. The “Kiyor,” ritual wash stand, a small Aron Kodesh, Ark containing the Holy Scrolls, and a small table for reading the Torah will be permitted.

It is understood Jewish leaders have agreed to the limitations, pending the settlement of the question as to what constitutes the status quo, making only the condition that all traffic be stopped during the services.

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