“I continue to do this because I think change is necessary here,” she added.
Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, said that 47 of the 66 women who prayed at the service were also wearing prayer shawls, although they were of the more colorful and decorative type.
Houben was wearing a traditional black and white talit draped over her shoulders in the typical manner in which they are worn. The police said that according to a negotiated compromise, women are only allowed to wear “female” tallit, which are multi-colored tallit that are draped around the neck, Ben Ruby said. “Male tallit” are black and white or blue and white and worn folded across the shoulders.
“The Western Wall is a site of heritage for everyone and must be characterized by tolerance and openness,” the MK said.
Hoffman said that “the result of handing over the keys to Judaism’s holiest site to an extremist minority is that police have to waste their time dealing with fashion statements.”