Sarah Silverman’s Sister Was Detained By Israeli Cops For Wearing A Prayer Shawl At The Western Wall
Women are not allowed to pray aloud or wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall in Israel. The laws of Orthodox Judaism declare that it is wrong for women to read aloud from the Torah or blow the Shofar.
They take these laws so seriously in Israel that if a female is wearing a prayer shawl or praying aloud at the Western Wall, she risks being arrested by one of the police officers whose job is to stand by the wall and make sure the aforementioned laws aren’t broken.
The law even pertains to female rabbis, as Sarah Silverman’s sister Susan found out today when she was detained for wearing a prayer shawl and praying at the Western Wall with her seventeen year old daughter.
This unfair law has inspired Silverman to join the “Women and the Wall,” a group of over 100 women that meets regularly to try to have these policies changed.
Their goal is to be allowed a single hour every month to pray, but lawmakers have so far refused to budge on the issue.
Sean Levinson | Elite.