JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court barred a Jewish women's group Monday from chanting prayers or reading the Bible aloud at Jerusalem's Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.
Ultra-Orthodox men and women have complained about the Women of the Wall group, which prays once a month at the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple that is also known as the Wailing Wall.
They say that, under Jewish law, women worshipers should not be heard in the presence of men. Female police officers dragged a dozen praying women from the wall earlier this month.
The court order remains in effect until a final hearing in December on the right of women to hold collective prayers at the wall.
The hearing will consider also whether the women may don prayer shawls worn by men or read from the biblical Torah scroll.