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Israel police arrest 5 feminists for praying at Western Wall

Five Jewish feminists who on Thursday wore prayer shawls and prayed out loud at Jerusalem’s Western Wall in defiance of a court order have been detained for questioning, a police spokeswoman said. Some 200 women gathered at the Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to stage what has become a monthly…

Ancient ‘purity’ seal found near Jerusalem temple site

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli archaeologists said on Sunday they had found a 2,000-year-old clay seal near Jerusalem’s Western Wall, confirming written accounts of ritual practices in the biblicalJewish Temple. The button-shaped object bears the Aramaic words “pure for God,” suggesting it was used to certify food and animals used in sacrificial ceremonies. The Western Wall is part of…