Women of the Wall celebrate their 25th anniversary

JERUSALEM (AP) — About 500 Jewish women have prayed at Jerusalem's Western Wall to mark their movement's 25th anniversary.

The "Women of the Wall" organization holds monthly prayer services at Judaism's holiest site, a remnant of the biblical Jewish Temple.

As the women prayed on Monday in religious garb, some ultra-Orthodox men called their presence at the wall a provocation. Under Orthodox Jewish practice, only men may wear prayer shawls and skullcaps, and most Orthodox Jews insist that only men should carry a Torah scroll.

The more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism, marginal in Israel but the largest denominations in the US, allow women to practice the same way as men do in Orthodox Judaism.

An Israeli court order backing the women's right to pray at the Western Wall was granted in April of 2012.

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APPHOTO ASC105: An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Jewish women from the group known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (4 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO ASC103: A Jewish woman wears a prayer shawl as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The group, known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that Ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (4 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO ASC106: A Jewish woman wears a prayer shawl and a skull cap with an Hebrew writing "women of the wall", as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The group, known as "Women of the Wall," convenes monthly prayer services at the Western Wall, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that Ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) (4 Nov 2013)

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