prayer shawl

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As of now, visitors to the Wall are funneled into its northern plaza, where the Orthodox leadership forbids the commingling of men and women, and doesn’t allow women to use materials like Torah scrolls and prayer shawls. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can Rabbi Rick Jacobs Save Liberal Zionism in the Age of Netanyahu?," 9 Apr. 2018 Later on the hectic Friday of the Jewish prayer ritual, the door burst open and Yanki Reichman, 56, who wore a prayer shawl beneath a TrueValue Hardware hoodie, went to Mr. Kirtchuk, joking with him in Hebrew. Amy Sohn, New York Times, "Quirks and Gossip in a Corporate Cellphone Branch," 6 Apr. 2018 The collection at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland includes 390 striped inmates’ uniforms and 246 Jewish prayer shawls, according to Pawel Sawicki, a press officer for the memorial. Washington Post, "Cambodian genocide documented in victims’ preserved clothes," 2 Mar. 2018 Under the management of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, women are not permitted to read aloud from the Torah, or wear prayer shawls or sing there. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Western Wall rabbi apologizes for gender segregation during Pence visit but says rules won’t change," 29 Jan. 2018 For 10 years a group of spiritual knitters and crocheters have met at St. Mary of the Falls parish and created prayer shawls. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Prayer shawls bring warmth, comfort and blessings: Olmsted Dates and Data," 22 Jan. 2018 Its collection includes letters, diaries, photos and religious items, like a frayed prayer shawl worn secretly by a prisoner at Auschwitz. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival," 14 Jan. 2018 Popular images of Jewish men worshiping at the wall in prayer shawls and phylacteries show only a small stretch of the ancient retaining wall for the Temple Mount. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Jews of the Diaspora Bring Their Cause to the Israeli Public," 30 Oct. 2017

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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prayer shawl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prayer shawl

: a shawl that is worn over the head or shoulders by Jewish men especially during morning prayers

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