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Jewish Groups Hold Shema Flash Mob for Women Arrested at Kotel (VIDEO)

A Statement from our Women’s Rabbinic Network Director on the arrest of Anat Hoffman at the Western Wall
The Women’s Rabbinic Network deplores the recent actions of the Israeli police, Israeli government, and the religious and administrative powers of the Western Wall, in the detainment, arrest, and imprisonment of Anat Hoffman, on Rosh Hodesh Heshvan, this past week, for wearing a tallit and praying the “Shema.”  Woman's Rabbinic Network

Woman of the Wall Barred from Kosel for 30 Days
‘Women of the Wall’ chairwoman Anat Hoffman confirms signing a police order banning her from the Kosel for 30 days after being arrested on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan after reciting Shema out loud. The Yeshiva World

Reform leaders seek probe of Israeli colleague’s arrest
Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall. The Canadian Jewish News

Arresting the Victim (Again)
As the head of the Israel Religious Action Center, she directs an organization that is helping to build the civil society devoted to liberal democracy that Israel desperately needs. New Voices

Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Wall galvanizes U.S. liberal groups
Liberal Jewish groups and women’s organizations nationwide and in Israel are protesting last week’s arrest of Anat Hoffman at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Jweekly.com

Fighting over the Western Wall
Haaretz brings you all the news and views following the arrest of Women of the Wall's chairwoman Anat Hoffman and the debate over practicing rites by the wall. Haaretz

Women are Jews, too
Criticism of the right of women to pray openly at the Western Wall supports the monopoly of a radical fringe of Orthodoxy that believes that women should not be seen or heard anywhere.  Haaretz

Anat Hoffman arrest at Wall is a shanda
Longtime Israel watchers are very aware of the politics surrounding religious practice in the Jewish state, where Orthodox Judaism has long been privileged. Jweekly.com

Woman of the wall Anat Hoffman complains of treatment after arrest
Anat Hoffman, the chair of Women of the Wall, which campaigns to allow women equal rights to prayer at the Western Wall, has spoken out in a webcast about the circumstances surrounding her detention last week and her treatment while in jail. The Jewish Chronicle

Mending Wall
Israel is being bombarded with allegations of discrimination from within and beyond. The Jewish Light

Jerusalem's secular Israeli minority showing life
Hundreds of people packed a Jerusalem community center recently for what many in Jerusalem consider a subversive act: They attended a lecture on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. The Huff Post

Click here to watch Anat Hoffman's interview with ProZion

Israeli Activist Arrested at Western Wall
Israeli police say they have arrested a female Jewish activist leader for wearing a traditionally male prayer shawl at a Jerusalem holy site, an act police prohibit because of Orthodox Jewish sensitivities. She was with an American Jewish women's group. ABC News

3 women arrested while praying at Western Wall in 24 hours
Head of Women of the Wall was held in custody the entire night after trying to pray at the holy site while wearing a prayer shawl – a practice reserved only for men, according to Orthodox Judaism. 972 Magazine

Reform leaders call for probe into Israeli colleague’s arrest, police treatment
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall. From JTA

Jew Prays, Is Arrested
We should all be outraged. On Tuesday, October 13, a Jew in the Middle East was arrested, shackled, stripped and roughed up for praying the Shema in public.  JewishJournal.com

Religion, But Not Politics
Of course, this incident infuriates me.  I, too, have been yelled at—and even blamed for the Holocaust—while praying with Women of the Wall. The Daily Beast

Arrested for Praying Out Loud?
It's hard to believe, but you can be arrested for singing the Sh'ma out loud at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the place that is considered to be the holiest site in the Jewish world. The Huff Post

Arrested for Affirming God's Unity?! - OpEdNews.com

Woman of the Wall Barred from Kosel for 30 Days
‘Women of the Wall’ chairwoman Anat Hoffman confirms signing a police order banning her from the Kosel for 30 days after being arrested on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan after reciting Shema out loud. The Yeshiva World

Anat Hoffman Arrested for Praying at the Kotel
Last night, a violent arrest was made at the Western Wall. The crime? Reciting the Shema aloud in a prayer shawl. Tablet Magazine

Woman jailed for praying aloud at Western Wall barred from holy site for 30 days
Western Wall regulations forbid women from praying aloud and leading services at the base of the holy site. Haaretz

Jewish activist arrested
Israeli police say they have arrested a female Jewish activist leader for wearing a traditionally male prayer shawl at a Jerusalem holy site, an act police prohibit because of Orthodox Jewish sensitivities. She was with an American Jewish women's group. NorthJersey.com

Anat Hoffman after arrest: A minority controls Israel's holy sites and abuses its power
The chairwoman of Women of the Wall was detained at the Western Wall this week for the sixth time in two decades; Hoffman: They checked me naked, dragged me on the floor 15 meters; my arms are bruised.  Haaretz

Leader of Jewish women's group arrested for 'singing' at Western Wall
Members of Women of the Wall say Anat Hoffman nabbed, detained during event marking 100 years to the Hadassah organization at the holy site. From Haaretz

Police Shackle Anat Hoffman for Saying Sh'ma at Kotel
Anat Hoffman was arrested at the Western Wall on Tuesday night for saying the Sh’ma Israel, Judaism’s central proclamation of faith, out loud at Israel’s holiest site. The Forward

Anat Hoffman Arrested for Singing at Western Wall
Anat Hoffman was arrested Tuesday evening for “disturbing public order.” The organization posted on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that Hoffman was in court. “She is being accused of singing out loud at the kotel, disturbing peace,” the post read. The Forward

Police arrest Women of the Wall leader for singing
Anat Hoffman held overnight, banned from Wall for 30 days after she sings aloud at Jewish holy site against Israeli law. The Jerusalem Post

Women of the Wall arrested
Three members of religious rights group Women of the Wall have been arrested for praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem wearing a tallit. Jewish Chronicle

Enough Discrimination Against Women! - OurJewishCommunity.org

Anat Hoffman arrested for singing at the Western Wall - Digital Journal

Leaders Must Speak Out on Wailing Wall Arrest
Israel’s Declaration of Independence provides that “The State of Israel…will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex” and “will guarantee full freedom of conscience, worship, education and culture.” Last week, officials of the Jerusalem police violated Anat Hoffman’s most basic civil and human rights by subjecting her to crude misogynistic and demeaning mistreatment that crossed all boundaries of decency. The Forward

Well, It Would Have Been a Good Religion Question...
This morning I did a word count on last night’s debate transcript. Israel: mentioned over a dozen times by each candidate. Palestinians: once. Religion: zero. Religious: three times (all by Obama, in discussing “protecting religious minorities and women” in the Muslim world).  RD Magazine

Reform leaders seek probe of Israeli colleague’s arrest
Reform Jewish leaders are calling for an investigation following reports that an Israeli colleague was roughed up by police after leading a women’s prayer group at the Western Wall. The Canadian Jewish News

Women who libel Israel
It is plain silly to deny the manifest truth that Israel's state-religion is Orthodox Judaism, and visiting its holy places means respecting its rules of conduct. Women of the Wall are participating in a cynical charade designed to portray Israel as a benighted and misogynous backwater. Haaretz

Jews rally around woman arrested for praying at Western Wall
JERUSALEM — Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration of an Israeli feminist as she was leading 250 American Jewish women in prayer at the Western Wall. The Washington Post

American Jews fume over 'Woman of the Wall' arrest
Hadassah, whose members were led by Anat Hoffman at the time of her arrest, came under fire for its 'timid' response to the incident. Haaretz

Don’t Mistake Criticism Of Policies As Lack Of Caring For Israel
On the Israel-diaspora front, surprising good news and, unfortunately, not-so-surprising bad news. The Jewish Week

Who Has the Right to Pray at the Western Wall?
After I posted an article on Facebook about Anat Hoffman, the Israeli woman arrested last week for praying in a tallit at the Western Wall, a friend and colleague, who happens to be an Orthodox rabbi, messaged me on Google chat to ask why I was bothered by the incident. The Huff Post

 
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