Posted by Amtul Q Farhat
The Times of Israel:
Ten women were arrested Monday morning at the Western Wall for wearing prayer shawls, part of a group of activists from the Women of the Wall organization and supporters who came to the site to pray for the Jewish new month of Adar.
Among the women detained were US and Canadian citizens, including Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi and sister of US comedienne Sarah Silverman.
The Women of the Wall are alleged to be motivated by a desire to make a political statement against traditional Judaism rather than a sincere desire to pray. The influential Rabbis have ruled that women’s prayer groups are permissible only when their motivations are deemed by the rabbis to be “sincere” and not influenced by feminism.