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Male Supporters of Women of the Wall Help Smuggle Torah Scroll Into the Kotel

A major victory for the organization, the Women of the Wall read, for the first time, from a full-sized Torah at the Western Wall

By: Ynet News

Published: April 20th, 2015 in News » Israel

Male Supporters of Women of the Wall Help Smuggle Torah Scroll Into the Kotel

Photo: A member of Women of the Wall holds a Torah scroll Monday

Credit: Women of the Wall on Facebook



The Women of the Wall organization, which demands equal prayer rights for women at the Western Wall, celebrated another landmark on Monday, reading from a full-sized Torah scroll in a service to mark the start of the Hebrew month of Iyar.

The group said on its Facebook page that the scroll was smuggled into the women’s section with the help of men, the Western Wall Chief Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz has banned women from taking any Torah scrolls into the area.

The scroll was taken into the area by male supporters of the organization and then smuggled across the mechitza (divide) between the enclosures for men and women at the Western Wall.

While men are given the use of 100 Torah scrolls, the group says, Rabinowitz has imposed a ban on any external scrolls being used at the Western Wall.

In October, the organization managed to smuggle a miniscule Torah scroll into the Western Wall women’s section for hold their first ever Torah reading by a woman at the site.

Women of the Wall pray with the full-sized Torah scroll Monday (Photo: Women of the Wall on Facebook)

Women of the Wall pray with the full-sized Torah scroll Monday (Photo: Women of the Wall on Facebook)

The tiny Torah was smuggled into the compound in a tallit bag owned by one of the group’s members, and used for a reading at a bat mitzvah. The scroll was undetected by guards at the Western Wall who search all bags being taken into the compound.

Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Western Wall on Monday (Photo: Women of the Wall on Facebook)

Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Western Wall on Monday (Photo: Women of the Wall on Facebook)

In 2013, Jerusalem District Court issued the precedent-setting ruling that women were allowed to read from the Torah at the Western Wall. However, regulations at the site, which only allow for the use of its own Torah scrolls and prohibit worshippers from bringing books from the outside, had prevented them from doing so until now.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

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