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Once a month a group of Jewish women risk arrest and brave a crowd of angry ultra-Orthodox men calling them Nazis, to pray at the western wall, the holiest place in Judaism..........
On a recent Friday, about 200 members of the Women at the Wall (WoW) showed up to pray at the main Jewish pilgrimage site despite pouring rain and insults hurled from across the partition that separates the men's section from the far smaller one reserved for women.
Men sporting the black coats and wheel-shaped fur hats that identify ultra-Orthodox Jews shouted at the women, calling them "Nazis," and telling them to "go to church".
The scene is similar every first day of the month on the Jewish lunar calendar. It is then that women pray at the Wall - also known as the Wailing Wall or by its Hebrew name Kotel. The wall is revered by Jews as the remnant of their second temple, which the Romans destroyed in 70 AD.
"There is nothing in Judaism about this. This is fundamentalism; it is a desecration of this place," she said at a recent Hanukah candle-lighting ceremony satged by the women and their supporters in the kotel square, behind the segregated praying areas.
The offense can carry a maximum sentence of six months jail and a fine of about $3,000 (£1,880).
Shmuel Rabinovich, the rabbi of the western wall, called the women's behaviour "an unbearable provocation".