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Women of the Wall hold Torah school in prayer outside Old City police station where others were detained for wearing prayer shawls at the Kotel February 11

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu belated turned to Sharansky several months ago to solve the problem of WOW’s demands and the Western Wall rabbi’s refusal to listen, and he is in the final stages of drafting recommendations to decrease tensions.

Last month, three female Knesset members joined the Women of the Wall for the monthly Rosh Chodesh prayer, and police, for the first time, did not break up the prayer service.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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  1. In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child, consummating the marriage by 9.
    The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
    Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.
    To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
    Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.
    The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
    The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
    Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.
    http://www.archive2012.faithfreedom.org/articles/women-in-islam/joys-of-muslim-women/comment-page-1/

  2. Please clarify, are these women saying Kaddish even in the women's section (in which I agree it is a shanda to arrest them) or are they trying to break into the men's side (I totally disagree with that tactic. The tradition of the mechitzah is halacha).

  3. It's not halacha for some groups, including mine. And it doesn't go back to Torah or even close to Torah times, although I'm no expert. I don't consider it "breaking into." I call it davening.

  4. I think the women of the wall are just trouble causers, they probbly have no spiritual cause & just do it as some kind of militant feminist action.
    To this ends there should be a third section at the wall to one side for Reform, Liberals, Non Orthodox Women, other faiths & tourists. Any reactionry women breaking into the mens side or orthodox womens side should then be arested. Also christians or non monothesic religions worshiping or posting prayers into the wall should also be arested.

    As for women performing Kaddish maybe they could do it in that third section?

  5. imo the wall should be treated like the Kaba at Mecca, it sickens me to know that xstian extreemists worship there & post messages into it.
    The Mosque above is treated more sacredly than the wall. I realy think it should be cordend off & open to Jews only.
    Tourists should stay on one side of a barier & only Jews & Muslims sould be allowed to go to there respective sites. The church of the sepulca is treated this way, tourists are guided through.

  6. I am tired of the “shtetel mafia” dictating what is and isn’t, and who is and isn’t properly Jewish. I grew up in a Orthodox shul, but I tell you as G-d is my witness, the behavior and comments of the haredi community makes me wish I was a Kararite.

  7. What exactly is 'suspect' of Women of the Wall 's motives? Our mission statement is clear and available on line to all, including the author of this article. It is "to achieve the social and legal right for women to pray at the Kotel, out loud wearing tallit, read Torah and blow shofar". In practice, over our long 24 year history, we have met once a month on Rosh Hodesh at 7:00 am (except if it falls on Shabbat, if there are two days, then on the 2nd day) at the back of the women's section at the Kotel for the morning service which includes Shaharit (dvarim shebkdusha depending on the hazanit , and depending if the group contains at least 10 women who include themselves in a minyan) Hallel, Torah reading and Musaf. We sometimes hold services on Hol Hamoed and Megilla reading on Shushan Purim. Only some of the Women wear tallit and tefilin. Many of us are from Orthodox backgrounds where it is less common for women to take on these mitzvot. I hope I have explained our goals and practices; there is a ton of info on our website, there really should not be any reason to suspect our group of anything more than one would suspect of a group of male buddies who meet once a month to pray at the Kotel.

  8. Women are the spine of the Jewish race/religion. Without women there would be no Jewish men to write such laws. It is a sad day when a woman cannot saw Kaddish at the Kotel for their loved ones. When one is asked about his/her Jewish bloodline, where do the Rabbis ask about? Your mother… Need I say more?

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