Latest update: May 1st, 2013
“For the foreseeable future, Women of the Wall remains committed to praying freely as a women’s only group on the women’s side of the Kotel.”
In other words, a very polite No. In her conversation with The Jewish Press, Pruce admitted visibility was a very important issue for her group. It’s a case of location, location. When you dance in your tallitot at the open-air women’s section the world sees you, but when you’re hidden from site under Robinson’s Arch, only God sees you.
“Judge Sobel declared, as the group has maintained for the past ten years, that women’s prayer, with Torah, tefillin and tallit, is not a disturbance of the peace or a crime, but a valid, civil right which women should be afforded,” the WOW concluded their official gloat this morning.
Can’t argue with that. They won.
A Police spokesperson told The Jewish Press that they have decided top accept the most recent Jerusalem District Court decision to allow the women’s prayer, and any appeal to the Supreme Court should come from the State’s Attorney’s office.
This may mean that the very same cops who have been arresting the Women of the Wall, will now have a chance to arrest Ultra Orthodox men and women who curse them out and spit on them.
As long as the cops have something to do.
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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