Reuters is reporting that ten women, including the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, have been detained at Jerusalem's Western Wall for wearing prayer shawls.
Under Orthodox law, which is observed at the Western Wall and upheld by law, women's public prayer rights are limited--including the ability to wear prayer shawls. According to a spokesperson for the site, wearing a prayer shawl is a right reserved specifically for men.
Susan Silverman told Reuters that "They (police) said 'take off your prayer shawls', and we said 'no'." She criticized the law, comparing it to "spitting on Sinai." Irrespective of gender, "all Jews are in a covenant with God," she said.