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Thousands of Orthodox Women to Mix with WOW at the Kotel

Yes, they've won a battle, a long one at that—but the war is far from over.

Thousands of seminary students have been encourage to "join" the Women of the Wall in their Rosh Chodesh prayers.

Thousands of seminary students have been encourage to "join" the Women of the Wall in their Rosh Chodesh prayers.
Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90

The Gemara and the Shulchan Aruch state that women are allowed to have an aliyah, which in earlier times meant that they would be reading alloud from the text – but we don’t keep this halacha in a congregation with both men and women for a variety of technical reasons. But in a women-only congregation there shouldn’t be a problem with women’s “laining,” as is the case in many modern Orthodox shuls in America and in Israel. And women’s Megillah reading has become a tradition in many congregations as well.

Still, I blessed Shira Pruce that tomorrow would, indeed, be a day of inspiration and love of God. Perhaps these thousands of women will teach the rest of us a lesson in getting along.

“Nichyeh v’nir’eh,” Pruce said – We’ll live and see.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Thousands of Orthodox Women to Mix with WOW at the Kotel”

  1. Why is it that I and millions of other Jewish women can go pray at the Kotel, with no need to attract international media attention to ourselves while doing so, and still feel as if we had a spiritual experience?

  2. Why is it that I and millions of other Jewish women can go pray at the Kotel, with no need to attract international media attention to ourselves while doing so, and still feel as if we had a spiritual experience?

  3. I'm confused
    Didn't Ms. Pruce state that this is is a Jewish cultural/historical site and therefore religious norms are not applicable. What's all this pious "..we are inspiring our sisters to prayer…" stuff? Chareidi women pray every day – many imes a day – we don't need politically correct instigation!

  4. Myriam Obadia says:

    who knows if then, with peace and respect among the Jews of Israel, we'll be deemed ready for the 3rd Temple?

  5. Vogelgesang Sylvie says:

    Messiah has come Daniel 9.

  6. Vogelgesang Sylvie says:

    Messiah has come Daniel 9.

  7. Yori Yanover says:

    Myriam Obadia · If anyone can do it, it's Jewish women.

  8. I kind of like "O WOW" for the religious women.

  9. as in "Other Women of the Wall"

  10. To clarify, the Women of the Wall has both Dati Leumi and Charedi members. As you will see on our website, we do have backing of Rav Lior and Rav Eliyahu, but also of Rav Shteinman and Rav Chaim Kanievsky and others. We were the ones who asked that seminary students join us — these are not different groups, but one display of achdut but in opposition to the WOW and their politics at the Kotel.

  11. Ze'ev Gotkin says:

    I think you meant to write: the Women FOR the Wall has both…etc.

  12. Stop with the achdut blah blah. Achdut is when you have all 4 minim together. 3 minim without aravot is not 4 minim. You have not one arava. In fact, all you have is a bunch of etrogim ke'ilu. And even then, your etrog is not shalem. You have the DL community's Rabbanim with you? Really?? You have a couple of haredi leumi rabbanim with you. Where's the liberal element of the DL community's Rabbanim? You have R. Lichtenstein with you? You even have someone in the middle like R. Ariel with you? A bunch of etrogim and even that is חסר. Where's Ruth Calderon? She's with you? Anat Hoffman is with you?? Make whatever accurate claims you wish, but achdut you don't have. Not even close.

  13. Riley Holzman says:

    Achdus means achdus within the Torah community. It does not mean that we have to accept those who would tear Torah down and rebuild it in their own image (read WOW, not DL, etc.). I am sure there are Yidden there who have a variety of combinations and deficiencies of Mitzvos and Maasim. Lacking certain (relatively arbitrary) categories of Jews and haskamos of certain Rabbanim does not automatically mean there is a lack of achdus.

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