Ultra-Orthodox Jews have taken great umbrage at the desegregation. They believe the women’s singing is offensive, a violation of religious rules of modesty.
After 25 years of protest, women have gained the right to pray alongside men, and to sing and don prayer shawls and tefillin at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Though the court approves, the Orthodox public does not.
Several dozen men prayed in solidarity with the Women of the Wall and even served as a barrier between the women and the hecklers, some of whom threw eggs.
As host of the 67th annual Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris dazzled, and sparked speculation that he’d headline the Oscars next. The year’s big winners: Kinky Boots, Pippin, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Harris shared a sloppy kiss with a four-legged friend, the two sporting bow ties. The host quipped to his canine companion, “You do know I’m in a relationship, right?”
In one small step for Beijing, China has launched the Shenzhou 10 capsule, a 15-day mission—the country’s longest yet—to dock with its space station, Tiangong 1. This comes two years after the U.S. suspended human spaceflight with the retirement of the space shuttle fleet.
The spacecraft took off in the Gobi Desert, at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. China is the only nation besides the U.S. and Russia to have launched independent manned missions to space.
Thousands of people in Germany, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic were forced to evacuate as the Elbe and Danube rivers rose to levels unseen since 2002, with 21 dead so far and thousands of soldiers deployed across the four countries.
The swollen Elbe River, pushing through two broken dykes in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, has unleashed a sea of muddy brown water.
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