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  1. I support the WOW.

    Comment by David Blatt — August 30, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

  2. So WoW are a bunch of activists? That they are. Earlier this week, we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's famous "I had a dream" speech in Washington, D.C. Yes, in addition to being a preacher, Martin Luther King was an activist. Today his birthday is a national holiday. His detractors, and there were many, are consigned to the trash bin of history.

    I fully support WoW, and will continue to call out Ronit Peskin and those in her vile organization, who believe religious freedom is only for themselves.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — August 30, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

  3. The Cheredim need to learn how to pick their fights. These women are not our enemies. If you don't think is proper, don't do it and concentrate on doing mitzvahs and show restraint and dignity. We can't make the whole world agree with us.

    Comment by Douglas Mills — August 30, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

  4. The Cheredim need to learn how to pick their fights. These women are not our enemies. If you don't think is proper, don't do it and concentrate on doing mitzvahs and show restraint and dignity. We can't make the whole world agree with us. These women are not interfering with Cheradim worship. The wall is symbolic to our people as a holy place that no longer stands because of our fighting amongst ourselves. If you want to fight join the IDF! Oh yeah, they spend a lot of time arguing with them too. I give up! שנה טובה לכולם.

    Comment by Douglas Mills — August 30, 2013 @ 1:06 PM

  5. The Cheredim need to learn how to pick their fights. These women are not our enemies. If you don't think is proper, don't do it and concentrate on doing mitzvahs and show restraint and dignity. We can't make the whole world agree with us. These women are not interfering with Cheradim worship. The wall is symbolic to our people as a holy place that no longer stands because of our fighting amongst ourselves. If you want to fight join the IDF! Oh yeah, they spend a lot of time arguing with them too. I give up! שנה טובה לכולם.

    Comment by Douglas Mills — August 30, 2013 @ 1:06 PM

  6. This doesn’t say anything new.

    Comment by Shira Louis Yashin — August 30, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

  7. This doesn’t say anything new.

    Comment by Shira Louis Yashin — August 30, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

  8. Let them pray.
    Who does it hurt?

    Comment by Charles Hoffman — August 30, 2013 @ 4:51 PM

  9. The charedim want to fight with Jewish women to pray but will not enlist in the Israeli army to dend Judaism? Seems more like theatrical misrepresentation and if they do not want to serve in the Army, they are not entitled to have a brit milah since you need a putz to deserve a bris to enter their covenant with Hsshem From that picture, it also shows Bitul Torah Zeman and why he is not praying and learning. This should be prosecuted as Jewish draft dodgers which Charedim historically are notorious known for.

    Comment by Yechiel Baum — August 31, 2013 @ 2:24 AM

  10. The charedim want to fight with Jewish women to pray but will not enlist in the Israeli army to dend Judaism? Seems more like theatrical misrepresentation and if they do not want to serve in the Army, they are not entitled to have a brit milah since you need a putz to deserve a bris to enter their covenant with Hsshem From that picture, it also shows Bitul Torah Zeman and why he is not praying and learning. This should be prosecuted as Jewish draft dodgers which Charedim historically are notorious known for.

    Comment by Yechiel Baum — August 31, 2013 @ 2:24 AM

  11. The Jewish people have enough enemies and problems in this world.  I wish we would all just get along without fighting!

    Comment by Vingore — August 31, 2013 @ 7:17 AM

  12. Dear Harry — Very level-headed piece. I would just really take issue with the knee-jerk delegitimization of feminism, as if to say that if someone holds feminist values, then this is somehow by definition antithetical to Judaism. Feminism is actually the epitome of Judaism: It's all about creating a compassionate society, one that is based on ve'ahavta lere'acha kamocha — including the idea that women deserve to receive this kind of dignity and respect as much as anyone else. Moreover, religious feminists are probably the most religious women in the Jewish world. They are not rejecting religion but on the contrary, they are embracing the most profound and expressive forms of devotion. For this they should be commended and welcomed and supported in every way. These are women effectively begging for the right to pray at the Kotel. This is penultimate Torah. Best, Elana

    Comment by Elana Sztokman — August 31, 2013 @ 5:13 PM

  13. Leave praying women alone. A very sound decision. Your attempt to disparage WOW by differentiating between members and leadership is neither original nor accurate. I am WOW leadership. And I have a sincere desire to pray out loud, read from a Torah scroll and wear a tallit. These are not 'unusual' ways to pray! Jews have achieved the right to pray this way at the Kotel since 1967 and hundreds of thousands of women from all streams on Judaism pray this way in synagogues in Israel and around the world. And although WOW has a quite narrow goal to gain women's prayer rights in the women's section of the Kotel, we certainly are proud to be part of a growing movement in Israel promoting religious tolerance, pluralism and feminism.

    Comment by Rachel Cohen Yeshurun — August 31, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

  14. amen

    Comment by Andrea Wiese — August 31, 2013 @ 10:11 PM

  15. I think you are under-estimating WOW and their tremendous financial and political backing by the reform movement. Annat Hoffman is using the Kotel as a political platform, WoW was largely ignored for 24 years- so they hired a PR representative to up the anty. Their behavios became inreasingly provocative and the started importing representative from the US. They claimed their only opponents were misogynistic Rabbis- since women remained silent and said nothing. WoW has been gaining momentum for years – the protests by women davening had little to do with that. I pray we can all pray in peace- without ppl using the Kotel to further their political agenda.

    Comment by Sara Conway — September 1, 2013 @ 1:46 AM

  16. I think you are under-estimating WOW and their tremendous financial and political backing by the reform movement. Annat Hoffman is using the Kotel as a political platform, WoW was largely ignored for 24 years- so they hired a PR representative to up the anty. Their behavios became inreasingly provocative and the started importing representative from the US. They claimed their only opponents were misogynistic Rabbis- since women remained silent and said nothing. WoW has been gaining momentum for years – the protests by women davening had little to do with that. I pray we can all pray in peace- without ppl using the Kotel to further their political agenda.

    Comment by Sara Conway — September 1, 2013 @ 1:46 AM

  17. I totally agree with you except for one word: WoW isn't BEGGING for the right to pray. They are DEMANDING it, and got it.

    Comment by Dan Silagi — September 1, 2013 @ 7:27 AM

  18. Exactly what is Ronit Peskin doing then, when she and her fellow frummies roust 5,000 girls from sleep to bus them to the Kotel simply to block WoW from praying? Is that not a political agenda? Were those girls showing up before WoW obtained the right to pray at the Kotel in court? Exactly how, Sara Conway, does it inconvenience you that those in WoW wear a men's-style tallit?

    Comment by Dan Silagi — September 1, 2013 @ 7:34 AM

  19. consistently been quoted as having the real goal of religious tolerance, pluralism, and mostly feminism. WoW is simply a clever means so get this done. They have found a way to technically not violate Halacha and thereby recruit the left wing segments of Orthodoxy to support them. And as this new development shows, they are gaining traction.

    Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/haemtza/doing-battle-with-wow/2013/08/30/?fb_comment_id=fbc_457938824313142_2567743_458563204250704#f1e2aab49

    Comment by Cheryl Birkner Mack — September 1, 2013 @ 10:11 AM

  20. The writer misrepresents our prayer as "unusual" and "peculiar" and tallis and tefilin as "male" Neither is accurate. Also the above statement is illogical–why is the goal fo "religious tolerance, pluralism, and …feminism opposed to a sincere desire to pray? I think they are one and the same.

    Comment by Cheryl Birkner Mack — September 1, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

  21. You support the Reform Movement, then

    Comment by Jonathan Baker — September 2, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

  22. You support the Reform Movement, then

    Comment by Jonathan Baker — September 2, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

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