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All of these issues seem to be much more pressing to feminists than whether or not a woman can wear a tallit and hold an “egalitarian” prayer service at the Kotel. I call upon the Women of the Wall organization to respect Orthodox religious practice, to accept the compromise proposal, and to focus on these other much more pressing issues facing women, both in Israel and around the world, today.

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Rachel Avraham is a senior media research analyst at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a correspondent for the Israel Resource News Agency. She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Kol Hakavod to Rachel Avraham. I'm a conservative Jewish woman, grew up orthodox. The Women of the Wall, do NOT represent me either. The fact that they were given space at the Kotel, should be a real accomplish for them. Here in the US, we may not have the Kotel here, but you can't go into an orthodox or conservative synagogue, and demand them to daven in a reform way. As for what's going on with women and girls in the world, it amazes me every time I share these articles on FB that no one comments, likes, shares or is outraged over what's going on in the world, Have Western women become so egocentric.

  2. This blog is very well written. For sure your words spoke the feelings of many other women and feminists. The Women of the Wall are publicity seekers supported by the Reform Movement and their only goal is to destroy Judaism. Everyone is welcomed to pray at the Kotel respectfully. Doing a jig is not respectful. I don't understand why the Women of the Wall are not banned from coming anywhere near the Kotel.

  3. I agree with this article, especially the part about the intolerence of the women who want to force everyone else to pray their way. My guess is that if their wish was granted they wouldn't show up to daven anyway, because they reached their goal. Another question for them – do they put on tefillin and daven three times a day???

  4. Just who's being intolerant, Lana? Is it those people who wish to pray as they see fit (and affirmed by the Jerusalem District Court), or those frumbags who seem to think that only THEY are the true believers, and all other Jews are lesser Jews than they? Women for the Wall don't represent the vast majority of Jews, in Israel and elsewhere. Get over it.

  5. "while Reform Jews are religiously permitted to pray in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Orthodox Jews aren’t permitted to pray in a Reform manner, since their prayer services must follow a certain format according to Jewish law."

    Unfortunately, the author plays into the hands of these people by accepting the idea that the Reform Movement is Jewish.
    It is not. It hasn't been Jewish for at least 40 years. No more accommodation should be made to these women in the Jewish state than to any religion other than Judaism.

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