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Women of the Wall Go for Broke, Plan to Read from Torah at Kotel

Women of the Wall plan their monthly Rosh Chodesh prayers at the Kotel the second day of the month, with a Torah scroll. It’s okay to make up rules as they go along, so long as the Orthodox don’t make the rules.
A member of Women of the Wall holds a Torah scroll outside a police station in Jerusalem earlier this year.

A member of Women of the Wall holds a Torah scroll outside a police station in Jerusalem earlier this year.

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The Women of the Wall (WoW, having won their fight to pray in their own minyan complete with a tallis and tefillin, have escalated their campaign against orthodox Jewish tradition by announcing plans to read from a Torah scroll at prayers at the Western Wall on Monday.

Several leading Haredi rabbis called on thousands of Haredi men to gather for a mass prayer opposite Women of the Wall. Last month, some of them hurling objects at the women and jeered at them.

The Women of the Wall gather at the beginning of every Jewish month for a women’s Rosh Chodesh service at the Western Wall. The new month of Tammuz falls on the  Sabbath and Sunday this week, and the WoW have put off their “Rosh Chodesh” to Monday, one of two regular weekdays when the Torah is read at prayers services.

Their previous attempts to bring a Torah scroll into the Western Wall area prayer area, in violation of local tradition, created a media sensation, with photographs around the world showing police struggling with a woman holding a holy Torah scroll.

The scene played into the hands of the WoW, winning sympathy in the Diaspora from both non-Jews and Jews, mostly but not exclusively those from the Reform and Conservative movements.

In Jewish tradition, women have no obligation to pray in a minyan, and never with a tallis and tefillin, which are part of the men’s obligations. The women want “equality” although Jewish law does not consider men and women unequal because of different obligations for each sex.

The court ruling allowing the Women of the Wall to pray with a tallis and tefillin at the Wall, in a separate women’s section, does not preclude their using a Torah scroll, but the group decided not to do so last  month in order not to raise tension beyond the point of containment, on both sides of the issue.

“We could have done it last month, but [Religious Services Minister Naftali] Bennett asked us to make a certain compromises and we agreed for one month to show our good will,” Lesley Sachs, the group’s director, told JTA Wednesday. “There was no question we would bring it this month. Without it, it’s not a full service.”

Bennett met with Women of the Wall representatives Wednesday in what Sachs called a “very productive meeting.”

Haredi leaders are encouraging thousands to appear n protest but without violence. The Haredi news site Kikar HaShabbat quoted Haredi Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Yossi Deutsch, as saying, “Many will come, according to the instruction of great rabbis, to sanctify the name of heaven and prove that we will not surrender in the battle over the holiness of the Western Wall.”

JTA contributed to this report.

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About the Author: 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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11 Responses to “Women of the Wall Go for Broke, Plan to Read from Torah at Kotel”

  1. David Blatt says:

    Shut up already and leave these women in peace. Being a jerk is not a mitzvah.

  2. Ahron Ebert says:

    The woman wearing tefillin in the picture is not wearing the shel rosh properly.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    "campaign against orthodox Jewish tradition ".

    Women reading from a sefer torah in a group of women is now a 40 year old orthodox Jewish tradition. The Kotel being a charedi synagogue is now a 46 year old orthodox Jewish tradition.

  4. Charlie Hall there is a difference between a minhag and a hanhaga.

  5. Eli Houchins says:

    someone's going to get severely hurt here, and desecrate the kotel at the same time. There is a time and a place for protest and the kotel is not it IMHO.

  6. Grace Acosta says:

    I guess all of those women are single. I don't see a single covered head in the crowd.

  7. Charlie Hall says:

    " There is a time and a place for protest and the kotel is not it IMHO."

    I agree. WOTW is just a small group that has been going to the kotel for 25 years, once a month. Had they been ignored, nothing would have happened. (There is at least a somewhat decent halachic argument that WOTW isn't doing anything wrong, although their opponents could actually make a decent halachic argument to the contrary but so far have refused to do so.) The charedi protest last month led to a chilul HaShem.

  8. Liad Bar-el says:

    Like the KKK, the WWW (Wailing Women of the Wall) should totally cover their heads.:-)

  9. Ellen Sandler Kolman says:

    Right, Grace. They sure know their Torah, don't they.

  10. Anonymous says:

    We need Mashiach…and soon!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Why doesn't the frum community hire a p.r. person to raise money and have a p.r. strategy to counter this Chillul Hashem activity, the way the Reform do, which is what has allowed them to make xsuch inroads?

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