After all-night wait, Women of the Wall pray with Torah scroll


(JTA) — Women of the Wall prayed with a Torah scroll after bringing one to the Western Wall plaza the previous evening and keeping it there all night.

Western Wall regulations bar women from bringing a Torah scroll to the Wall. To circumvent the regulation, Women of the Wall said in a news release that members brought in the scroll at 7 p.m. Saturday, 12 hours ahead of the next morning’s morning service — the group’s monthly morning prayer service. The members stayed with the scroll all night.

The group said in the news release that it successfully appealed to the Jerusalem chief of police when asked to remove the scroll.

In the past, the group has smuggled a mini-Torah scroll into the women’s section. During another service, male supporters of the group hoisted a scroll over the divider between the men’s and women’s sections, encountering violent opposition.

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