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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.

Yori Yanover

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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