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  Sivan 25, 5773 , 03/06/13

Chief Rabbis Receive Threatening Letters

Identical letters were received in the offices of Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi Yona Metzger and Chief Sephardic Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Monday, threatening the deaths of hundreds of hareidi-religious Jews if Women of the Wall are not allowed to conduct their own brand of services for the new Jewish month of Tammuz, next Sunday. The letters, which included a picture of a handgun, concluded with the warning, "We are not controlling ourselves any longer. We are liberating the wall again."

Director-General Oded Weiner of the Chief Rabbinate forwarded the letters to the security officer of the Prime Minister's Office, who is in charge of security for the Chief Rabbinate. A statement by the Rabbinate noted that it was the first time threats had been received on the lives of the chief rabbis, noting that it also targeted a whole community. The Rabbinate is trying to restore calm to the Western Wall after hareidim disrupted the Women of the Wall's new-moon observance for the month of Sivan.

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