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Girls were the cause of the interruption, but Will Smith gets the blame.
Will Smith made a stop at the Western Wall to pray, bringing his security detail with him.
The interruption came when several girls began pushing against the mehitzah (the barrier separating men and women during prayer in Orthodox and very traditional Conservative synagogues).
Smith and his wife placed notes in the cracks of the Wall in accordance with tradition, and Smith also tried to smooth over the interruption by shaking the Bar Matzvah’s hand and posing for a picture.
While I’ll agree that the tefillah was interrupted in a way it never should have been, I disagree with the labelling of Smith and his entourage as the cause.
Clearly, Smith conducted himself as he should, while the girls pressing against the barrier did not.


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