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WOW Supplications

WOW Supplications

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Members of Women of the Wall yesterday afternoon held a Mincha prayer at the start of their 24-hour sit-in at the Western Wall in protest of a government plan to move them to a 400-square-meter space for mixed davening, outside the supervision of the Kotel Rabbi.

We know it’s Mincha, because of the woman up front who’s doing Tachnun-supplications.

I never say Tachnun at Mincha, because my shul has a Mincha-Maariv service by the end of the day, and Chassidim believe this is the time when the divine quality of withholding, or Midat Ha’din, is in full power and you don’t want to actually invite the heavenly court to check you out at such a time.

Ashkenazim say Tachnun by Mincha. And the reform follow the Ashkenzi tradition, which is weird, because you’d think they would fancy more the flowery and poetic Nusach Sphard of Polish Jewry. But they’re strict traditionalists, apparently, and what was good enough in 1820 Frankfurt is good enough for them.

They spent the night there, which is not a small feat, although it appears they didn’t even have a minyan. Which is fine, because women’s prayers don’t require a minyan.

Someone should remind them to say L’David.

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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5 Responses to “WOW Supplications”

  1. I am the women pictured in the front. I am not a Reform Jew. There was a minyan. Not all were photographed.

  2. Why are you not trying to get up on Har Habayit? That is where the real kedusha is.

  3. I am a reformer je, I don't understand why this depradation to the women, like the muslims, the woman is the center of the family, is the mother, grandmother the doughter, the grandoughter, the sister, what is the problem?

  4. I am a reformer jew, I don't understand the depredation of the jewish women, is like with the muslims, the women are the center of the family, the mother, the grand mother, the doughter, the grand doughter, the sister, all should listen the song "die yiidishe mom", and than make reflection how a woman is very important in your life, every one will remember the mother more the father.

  5. Dick Norton says:

    At least put the ladies on a diet!

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