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Women seek to worship at Western Wall without restrictions Photo: Gali Tibbon
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Ban on female prayer at Kotel revisited

PM Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky to find solution for non-Orthodox women wishing to pray at one of Judaism's holiest sites

Associated Press
Published: 12.27.12, 07:20 / Israel Jewish Scene

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed a quasi-governmental Jewish organization to find a solution for non-Orthodox Jewish female groups wishing to pray at one of Judaism's holiest sites.


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An official said Tuesday that Benjamin Netanyahu had asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to look into the matter. The official spoke anonymously according to government regulations.


Last week, police detained women from a liberal Jewish group who approached the Western Wall in Jerusalem carrying prayer shawls. Orthodox Jews insist those are for men only. The women seek to worship at the site without such restrictions.


Jewish Agency spokesman Benjamin Rutland said Netanyahu told Sharansky that the Western Wall "must remain a source of Jewish unity rather than division."


The wall is a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple compound.



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