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Women of the Wall service draws 100

Women of the Wall draws 100 women to its monthly service a week and a half after the adoption of a compromise over the future of prayer at the Western Wall.

Ultra-Orthodox protesters shout insults at the worshipers Wednesday, according to a press release from the group, which conducts monthly services in the wall’s women’s section. The group is unable to pray with a Torah, as the site’s regulations prohibit Torahs in the women’s section.

The deal reached last month will expand a non-Orthodox prayer section south of the traditional, Orthodox prayer area at the site, which will be run by a non-Orthodox committee. A shared entrance will lead to both sections. The wall’s Orthodox prayer area will remain under Haredi control.

“We sang with the feeling that now we truly begin a new path to ‘being a free people in our land,’” Women of the Wall chairwoman Anat Hoffman says in the press release, quoting Israel’s national anthem.

JTA

Women of the Wall pray at the Western Wall on February 7, 2016 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Women of the Wall pray at the Western Wall on February 7, 2016 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
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