Sarah Silverman applauds sister’s arrest for religious protest in Israel

Sarah Silverman isn’t the only rule-breaking badass in her family. It turns out her older sister Susan, a rabbi in Jerusalem, loves to stir the pot as well— if only for a good cause.

Silverman’s sister – as well as Susan’s teenage daughter — was arrested today in Jerusalem at the Western Wall as she joined a prayerful protest against conservative Jewish law that demands women not wear the same religious garb as Orthodox men as well as discourages women from reading the Torah aloud at the sacred spot.

“SO proud of my amazing sister @rabbisusan and niece @purplelettuce95 for their ballsout civil disobedience,” Sarah tweeted and posted to her Facebook wall today. “Ur the tits!” The photo below shows Susan and daughter Hallel being confronted by an Israeli police officer, ironically a woman.

“I was proud to take a stand for something I believe in. There is inequality at the Western Wall,” Hallel Silverman told the Daily News. “The space allowed for women is becoming smaller and smaller. If the law is changed, I will be proud to have played a small part. … The rules are outdated. It’s 2013 and we’ve moved on. It’s time the law moved on too.”

In her tweet, Sarah used the hashtag #WomenOfTheWall, a group headed by Anat Hoffman, who’s been organizing this protest for 25 years and who, herself, has been arrested many times before. “This is just attrition,” Hoffman told the Associated Press. “They want the group to become frightened.”

In the latest brush with the law, Susan and her daughter who were there as part of Women of the Wall, were two of 10 women arrested, detained and then released after a few hours.

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Dylan P. Gadino

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