JTA reports: JERUSALEM — Women of the Wall held a priestly blessing as part of its monthly service at the Western Wall, despite a ruling by Israel’s attorney general forbidding the practice.
The group also brought a Torah scroll to the Monday morning rosh chodesh prayer service, which also has been prohibited. Some 120 women participated in the service.
Both actions violate traditional customs of the site and thus are not allowed.
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit last month said he would prohibit a women’s priestly blessing ceremony during the intermediate days of Passover. In announcing the ceremony, to be held at the Western Wall’s women’s section, Women of the Wall had declared it “the first of its kind.”
Tens of thousands of Jews flock to the Western Wall to receive the blessing from kohanim, or descendants of ancient Israel’s priestly caste, during the intermediate days of Passover.
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