Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall

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Despite a court decision stating women cannot don prayer shawls at the Western Wall, many members and supporters of Women of the Wall pray with prayer shawls. They want the Israeli government to accommodate the needs of all Jews at the wall, not just those of the ultra-Orthodox. RNS photo by Michele Chabin

Despite a court decision stating women cannot don prayer shawls at the Western Wall, many members and supporters of Women of the Wall pray with prayer shawls. They want the Israeli government to accommodate the needs of all Jews at the wall, not just those of the ultra-Orthodox. RNS photo by Michele Chabin

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JERUSALEM (RNS) The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary that Jewish women will not be arrested if they try to hold prayer rallies at the holy site, despite a warning from Israeli police.