Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the chief cleric in charge of overseeing religious affairs at the Western Wall, denounced the prayer rights group Women of the Wall on Monday for bringing a Torah scroll into the women’s section of the plaza adjoining Judaism’s holiest site.
The rabbi condemned the move by the group, which has been agitating for a “change [in] the status-quo that is currently preventing women from being able to pray freely at the Western Wall,” as “provocative.”
“This morning, at the outset of the Jewish month of Iyar, the Women of the Wall tore yet another piece of the delicate fabric that surrounds the Western Wall,” Rabinowitz said. “A Torah scroll was blasphemously brought in [to the women’s section] as if it were some random object.”
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